Myanmar protests continue a day after more than 100 killed

Ruben Fields
March 29, 2021

Saturday's 114 deaths across 40 cities and towns drew swift global condemnation. Demonstrations were held in Yangon and Mandalay, the country's two biggest cities, and in other areas.

"The killing of unarmed civilians, including children, are indefensible acts", it added.

Earlier this month, the 66-year-old Trinamool Congress chief was injured; she said was pushed by four or five people against her vehicle and had the door shut on her at a time when there was no police personnel around her.

The junta on Saturday staged a major show of might for its annual Armed Forces Day as the death toll since the February 1 coup climbed to at least 423, according to a local monitoring group.

The junta announced that eight worldwide delegations attended Saturday's event, including those of China and Russia - with a state media broadcast showing Russian deputy defence minister Alexander Fomin in the audience.

The military chiefs of 12 nations issued a joint statement condemning the use of force against unarmed people.

In this photo provided by Free Burma Rangers, villagers shelter in an undisclosed location due to Myanmar military's airstrikes, March 27, 2021, in Deh Bu Noh, in Karen state, Myanmar.

The military has said its use of force has been justified to stop what it has called rioting.

"They are killing us like birds or chickens, even in our homes", said Thu Ya Zaw, a resident of the central town of Myingyan, where at least two protesters were killed, according to reports.

Henrietta Fore, head of the United Nations children's agency UNICEF, said in Saturday's bloodiest day since the coup "an 11-year-old boy, an 11-year-old girl, two 13-year-old boys, a 13-year-old girl, three 16-year-old boys and two 17-year-old boys, (were) all reportedly shot and killed".

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"It's awful, it's absolutely outrageous", U.S. President Joe Biden told reporters in Delaware.

Condemning the violence unleashed by the Myanmar military on protesters, Joe Biden said, "It's absolutely outrageous, and based on the reporting I've gotten, an very bad lot of people have been killed totally unnecessarily", reported DW news. "Totally unnecessary." Biden said his administration is working on a response but offered no details. The U.N. Security Council has not advocated concerted action against the junta, such as a ban on selling it arms.

If the Security Council isn't able to do anything, Andrews called for an emergency global summit.

Phil Robertson, deputy director of Human Rights Watch, in Asia, described the scenes as "shocking, barbaric and unacceptable".

An injured anti-coup protester is brought in for medical treatment at a hospital in Latha township, Yangon, Myanmar.

Mourners were expected to turn out for funeral processions across the country Sunday, after the bloodiest day since the putsch.

In addition to unleashing violence against demonstrators, the military is also continuing to battle ethnic Karen fighters in the country's east.

The tension at the border comes as the leaders of the resistance to the coup are seeking to have the Karen and other ethnic groups join them as allies.

It was the first air assault in years in the state, and targeted the Fifth Brigade of the Karen National Union (KNU) - one of the country's largest armed groups - which says it represents the ethnic Karen people. So far the ethnic armed groups have only committed to providing protection to protesters in areas they control.

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Physical store locations were blocked from searches on Baidu and Gaode maps, the equivalent of Google and Apple maps. Beijing denies mistreating them, insisting it is trying to promote economic development and stamp out radicalism.

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