Myanmar Army Kills At Will, Including Children, To Put Down Protests
The Myanmar Army is now killing indiscriminately, even gunning down children in the streets.
Monitoring group Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) confirmed that more than 90 people were killed, including children, as protests continued on the annual Armed Forces Day.
The military coup began after Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) party won Myanmar’s national election in a landslide. Protests immediately broke out, and the military cracked down on them. Over time, those crackdowns have become violent, merciless and deadly.
On Friday, state TV announced that people "should learn from the tragedy of earlier ugly deaths that you can be in danger of getting shot to the head and back.” Undeterred, protesters returned to the streets on the following day.
(via BBC): The latest violence took the number killed in the suppression of protests in Myanmar, also known as Burma, since the 1 February coup to more than 400.
Local news site Myanmar Now put the death toll at 114, while the United Nations said it was receiving reports of "scores killed" and hundreds more injured.
Children are being shot in the face, head and body while simply playing outside. Military forces are no longer exercising any measure of discretion as they violently put down protests. Bloody and disturbing images are reaching social media, and international condemnation is growing louder.
The US embassy said security forces were "murdering unarmed civilians", and the EU delegation to Myanmar said the 76th Armed Forces Day would "stay engraved as a day of terror and dishonour”. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he was "deeply shocked.”
Previously, the military had tried to claim that the shooting was coming from among the protestors. The US, UK and EU have all imposed sanctions in response to the military coup.