Security forces killed more than 90 protesters across Myanmar yesterday, in one of the bloodiest days of protests since the military coup last month, according to news reports and witnesses.
This bloody campaign came on Armed Forces Day. The head of the military council, General Min Aung Hlaing, said during a parade in the capital Naypyidaw to celebrate the event, that the army will protect the people and strive for democracy.
General Min Aung warned that his regime will not tolerate the “terrorist” acts that the protests are witnessing, as he said.
The state television reported the day before yesterday, that the protesters were at risk of being shot “in the head and in the back”. Despite this, the protesters of the February 1st coup took to the streets of Yangon, Mandalay and other towns. Myanmar Now News portal said 91 people were killed nationwide by security forces.
Local media reported that a boy as young as five was among at least 29 killed in Mandalay. Myanmar Now said at least 24 were killed in Yangon. “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 they killed innocent civilians,” he added.
Yesterday’s death toll brings the total number of civilians reported killed since the coup to more than 400.
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