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International chiefs of defense condemn Myanmar junta after bloodiest day of protest | NOW

The defense chiefs of twelve countries, including the Netherlands, on Saturday condemned the deadly violence by the Myanmar army against unarmed civilians in a joint statement. More than 100 people were killed in demonstrations on Saturday for a return to democracy.

“A professional army follows international standards of conduct and is responsible for protecting, not harming, the people it serves,” write the chiefs of defense.

“We urge Myanmar’s armed forces to cease violence and work to restore respect and credibility to the people of Myanmar that they have lost through their actions,” the statement said. It has been signed by the military summit of the Netherlands, Australia, Canada, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Denmark, New Zealand, South Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States.

According to witnesses and local media, security forces in Myanmar reportedly killed 114 people, including some children. The United Nations called it the “bloodiest day” since the military takeover in February.

Army can shoot protesters in the head

The army launched several raids early on Saturday, Armed Forces Day, in an attempt to nip protests in the bud. The rulers warned earlier this week that troops could shoot protesters in the head.

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Armed Forces Day, which commemorates the beginning of local resistance to the Japanese occupation during World War II, is usually accompanied by a military parade attended by foreign officers and diplomats.

However, the junta has struggled to gain international recognition since it took control of Myanmar and said eight international delegations attended Saturday’s parade. Below that would be China and Russia.

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