A news portal and witnesses reported that security forces in Myanmar killed at least 50 protesters with bullets today, Saturday, in a brutal crackdown on dissent that coincided with the head of the ruling military council saying that the army would protect the people and seek democracy.
The protesters of the February 1 coup took to the streets of Yangon, Mandalay and other cities and towns in defiance of a warning against shooting them “in the head and back” at a time when the army generals celebrated the Armed Forces Day.
“Today is a day of shame for the armed forces,” said Dr. Sasa, a spokesman for the group (CRBH), which was opposed to the Military Council, which was established by the elected representatives who were toppled by the coup.
“Army generals celebrate Armed Forces Day after killing more than 300 innocent civilians,” he added, referring to estimates of the number of people killed in the protests since their outbreak weeks ago.
At least four people were killed when security forces opened fire on a crowd during a protest outside a police station in the Dala district of Yangon in the early hours of Saturday, the Myanmar News portal reported. She added that at least ten others were injured.
A resident told Reuters that three, including a young man playing for a local U-21 soccer team, were shot dead at a protest in the Insein district of Yangon.
Myanmar Now portal reports that 13 have died in several incidents in Mandalay. It added that other deaths were reported in Sajing district near Mandalay, Lashio town in the east, Paju district near Yangon and other areas.
The Myanmar Now portal said at least 50 people were killed on Saturday. Reuters was not able to independently verify the death toll.
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