More than 90 people were killed in Myanmar by security forces on Saturday in one of the bloodiest days of protests since a military coup last month after State television had said on Friday that protesters risked being shot “in the head and back”.
Protesters trooped out to the streets of Yangon, Mandalay and other towns as the country’s generals celebrated Armed Forces Day despite the military’s threat on Friday.
The Myanmar Now news portal said 91 people were killed across the country by security forces. including one-year-old baby was wounded on Saturday after being shot in the eye with a rubber bullet.
The killings which has quickly drew international condemnation, with multiple diplomatic missions to Myanmar releasing statements that mentioned the killing of civilians Saturday, including children.
“This 76th Myanmar Armed Forces Day will stay engraved as a day of terror and dishonour,” the European Union’s delegation to Myanmar said on Twitter. The killing of unarmed civilians, including children, are indefensible acts.”
This 76th Myanmar armed forces day will stay engraved as a day of terror and dishonour. The killing of unarmed civilians, including children, are indefensible acts. The EU stands by the people of Myanmar and calls for an immediate end of violence and the restoration of democracy.— EUMyanmar (@EUMyanmar) March 27, 2021
Over 300 people have been reportedly killed by the military regime since the coup that ousted the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi.
The coup reversed years of progress toward democracy after five decades of military rule. Up through Friday, the Association of Political Prisoners had verified 328 people killed in the post-coup crackdown.