/ 29 March 2021

‘Murder’ in Myanmar as violence escalates

About 100 Myanmar pro-democracy protesters, including children, were killed by security forces in clashes across the country on Saturday. It was the worst bloodshed since February’s military coup and brought the total number of deaths to more than 400. State media issued a warning ahead of Saturday’s Armed Forces Day saying that peaceful protesters risked being shot “in the head and back”, but crowds took to the streets in Yangon, Mandalay and other cities where the military turned against them. Making things worse, reports say the military tried to intervene in the funerals that were held yesterday, opening fire at one. The violence has sparked global condemnation with the US saying security forces were “murdering unarmed civilians”. Oz’s Foreign Minister Marise Payne said the “latest events are a deeply concerning escalation in violence.”

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