Myanmar’s security forces killed dozens of people on Saturday in the bloodiest day since a military coup in February, sparking a global wave of condemnation led by the United Nations.
A statement said the United Nations “is horrified by the unnecessary loss of life today upon reports of dozens of deaths by army bullets across the country on the bloodiest day since the coup.”
Today, the Myanmar army celebrated the Armed Forces Day, with parades and speeches, despite the increasingly bloody protests against the ruling regime since the coup in the country last month.
The United Nations in Myanmar stated that the escalation of violence showed that the army “turned against its own people”, describing the use of lethal force as “totally unacceptable.”
According to local media reports, the death toll from the protests increased by 50 people, following the overnight raids and the protests spreading across the country. The independent Myanmar Now news site said 91 people were killed in 40 cities.
A statistic for the Irrawaddy newspaper put the death toll at 59, including three children aged 7, 10 and 13.
Large parts of the country witnessed protests, including the commercial capital of Yangon, the Mandalay region in northern Myanmar, and the city of Paju in the south. It was reported that the army and police forces fired live ammunition to kill.
The United States and the European Union were among those who denounced the brutality that appeared on the streets of the Southeast Asian country.
“On the Day of Armed Forces in Myanmar, security forces are killing unarmed civilians, including children, and they are the same people I swore to protect,” a US embassy statement said. The bloodshed is terrifying. These are not the actions of an army or a professional police. ”
The European Union mission in Myanmar described Saturday as a “day of terror and shame.”
“The killing of defenseless civilians, including children, is indefensible,” the mission wrote. The European Union stands with the people of Myanmar and calls for an immediate end to violence and the restoration of democracy. ”
British Ambassador Dan Chugg tweeted on Twitter that the security forces had “brought themselves to shame by firing on unarmed civilians.”
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