In the recent Myanmar military coup, more than 90 deaths have been registered. It included children and women as well, according to reports by Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP).
“They are killing us like birds or chickens, even in our homes. We will keep protesting regardless.” resident Thu Ya Zaw told Reuters news agency in the central town of Myingyan.
The recent and grandiose violence took place as the protesters defied the warnings. Many of these protesters took to the streets to claim their basic rights as a human. All these events happened in the annual Armed Forces Day. The US, UK and EU officials have highly criticized and condemned the violence. The British Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab called it a “new low” in global politics.
The death toll will continue to rise, as mentioned by AAPP. The most recent violence broke down in around mid-February and continues to rise till date. The death toll has already increased to a figure of 400. The military seized control of the entire country after the historic win of Aung San Suu Kyi led National League for Democracy (NLD)
Global condemnation drawn by Myanmar
The mass genocidal killings in Myanmar brought up huge international response against it. The US embassy remarked that the security forces were “murdering unarmed civilians”, while the EU delegation to Myanmar said the 76th Armed Forces Day would “stay engraved as a day of terror and dishonor”.
The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres too said he was “deeply shocked”. The deputy director of Human Rights Watch, Phil Robertson (HRW) in Asia, described the scenes as “shocking, horrible, barbaric and unacceptable”.
What is happening on the streets of Myanmar?
The State TV aired an announcement the previous evening saying people “should learn from the tragedy of earlier ugly deaths that you can be in danger of getting shot to the head and back”. Since then, the protesters have been gathering across Burma on Saturday. Highly professional security forces were deployed to handle the crowd and engage them out of the protests.
There arrived many images over social media, where people were brutally assaulted, tortured and murdered. “It’s a massacre, it’s not a crackdown anymore,” Kyaw Win said. The UK based Burma Human Rights Network told the media that the military had “no limits, no principles”.
There were instances of live ammunition in 40 different locations, across the nation. The Myanmar Now, a local news channel, reported a total of death of 114. However, the UN said it has been receiving reports of “scores killed”. Many have been counted as injured too.
The main city Yangon had to face the worst military hit. Several gunshots were fired at the main US cultural center. But, the embassy confirmed that there were no causalities caused by the fire. However, many believe that there were deaths but they were hidden for clean sheet records.
Apart form Yangon, deaths were also reported in Mandalay, the second largest city. Here, the protesters carried the national flag of NLD as a mark of resistance. Those protesters also gave their traditional anti-authoritarian a three-finger salute.
What did the coup leader say about the violence outbreak
The national military hasn’t highlighted their remark on the killings. However, a coup leader, Aung Hlaing told the media tha the main motive of the army was to “join hands with the entire nation to safeguard democracy. Violent acts that affect stability and security in order to make demands are inappropriate.”
He further added that the army had to seize power to stop the extraction of “unlawful acts”. According to him, the democratically elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her party has misused their authority.