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More than 300 people killed since Myanmar's coup

Yangon’s Hlaing Tharyar township saw some of the worst violence in the country on March 14 Myanmar: Coup leader Min Aung Hlaing vows to 'safeguard democracy'
Hannah Rogers | 29 March, 2021, 03:43

According to an independent researcher in Yangon, who has been compiling near real-time death tolls, 93 people from more than two dozen cities and towns were killed on Saturday.

Asked for his response to the violence, President Joe Biden told reporters Sunday: "It's awful". "Based on the reporting I've gotten an very bad lot of people have been killed totally unnecessarily".

"The military generals are celebrating Armed Forces Day after they just killed more than 300 innocent civilians", he said, giving a rough estimate of the toll since protests first erupted weeks ago.

The European Union's delegation to Myanmar said on Twitter: "This 76th Myanmar armed forces day will stay engraved as a day of terror and dishonour".

The US, Britain, Germany, Italy, Denmark, Greece, the Netherlands, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea and Japan issued the statement, a day after Myanmar's deadliest day of protests since the military coup in February.

The US, Japan and Australia were also among the signatories of a statement that said: "A professional military follows global standards for conduct and is responsible for protecting - not harming - the people it serves".

'I am deeply shocked and saddened by the abhorrent and indefensible killing of unarmed civilians, including children, on the 76th Myanmar Armed Forces Day, ' the Fine Gael TD said.

On Sunday, families held funerals for some of those killed the day before.

Another service in the city was held for Aye Ko, a father of four. The reported fatalities included several children under 16 years old.

In one demonstration in Yangon, a small group made its way through a residential area that the day before had seen chaos with police shooting at demonstrators and the protesters responding with fireworks and Molotov cocktails.

State-run media confirmed two men and two women were killed at Monywa on Sunday.

Adding to the Saturday massacre, three ethnic Karen villagers were killed by a retributive airstrike by Myanmar's military against the Karen National Liberation Army, the armed wing of Karen Nation Union (KNU), in Karen State. Sai Wai Yan was shot dead by security forces as he played outside his home.

Saying the use of live ammunition against peaceful protesters "can never be tolerated", Motegi strongly urged the military to "immediately stop resorting to violence", release detainees and swiftly restore democracy.

Up through Friday, the Association of Political Prisoners had verified 328 people killed in the post-coup crackdown.

The bloodbath took place on Armed Forces Day in 40 towns across the country.

The United Nations' special envoy on Myanmar, Christine Schraner Burgener, said the military had turned against its own citizens.

"In addition to the immediate impacts of the violence, the longer-term consequences of the crisis for the country's children could be catastrophic", Fore said in a statement. It has again made Myanmar the focus of global scrutiny as security forces have repeatedly fired into crowds of protesters.

U.S. ambassador to Myanmar Thomas Vajda wrote on social media: "On Myanmar's Armed Forced Day, security forces are murdering unarmed civilians, including children, the very people they swore to protect".

Hsa Moo, an ethnic Karen and human right activist said three people were killed and at least eight were injured.

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