Yangon: A day earlier, defense chiefs from a dozen countries jointly condemned the bloodshed in Myanmar, when security forces opened fire on anti-insurgency protesters, killing at least 107 people, including seven children.
Myanmar has been in turmoil since the army detained ousted and civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi on February 1, sparking large-scale protests demanding the return of democracy. According to a local watchdog group, the junta staged a major demonstration on Saturday for its annual Armed Forces Day, as the death toll rose to at least 423 since the uprising.
Defense chiefs from 12 countries, including the United States, Britain, Japan and Australia, have condemned the use of deadly force by Myanmar’s military against civilians. “A professional army adheres to international standards and is responsible for protecting – harming the people it serves,” the rare joint statement said. I was told.
“We urge Myanmar’s armed forces to stop the violence and work with the people of Myanmar to restore respect and dignity that they have lost in their actions.”
Funeral prayers were offered on Sunday for some of the victims after a bloody day on Sunday. In Mandalay, Ivo’s family, who had a four-year-old father, served him after he died overnight.
His wife, Ma Qing, told AFP: “I am devastated to lose my husband. I am heartbroken to be with my children. According to local media, relatives of the 13-year-old boy, Sai Wyan, who was shot while playing outside his home in Yangon on Saturday, screamed at his coffin on Sunday afternoon.
Despite the threats, protesters again took to the streets on Sunday in parts of Yangon, including Halang, and in the cities of Daoi, Bago, Mian Gyan and Moniwa. State-run media confirmed the deaths of two men and two women in Moniva on Sunday.
There was also one death in Mian Gyan – one woman was killed and two others were injured. In Healing, a 16-year-old boy lost an arm in an explosion as he tried to throw a grenade, but security forces surrounded the protesters, a rescue worker said.
A day earlier, soldiers had brutally cracked down on more than 40 locations across the country. The Mandalay and Yangon areas accounted for the majority of the deaths, according to the Political Prisoners’ Relief Organization (APP).
The United Nations put the death toll at 107 on Saturday, including seven children, but is expected to rise further. UN envoys Ellis Verimo Nedrio and Michelle Bachelet said, “The shameful, cowardly, cruel actions of the army and police – who have been filmed shooting at protesters, and who have not spared even minors.” – They should be stopped immediately. ” In a joint statement
The military broadcaster Mewawadi TV said the death toll on Saturday was 45, with 552 people arrested, claiming it was an inevitable crackdown as protesters fired real guns at security forces. And used bombs.
Insurgents in the eastern Myanmar state of Keren say they were targeted in air strikes on Saturday night, hours after an ethnic militant group seized a military base. Hassamo, an ethnic Karen and human rights activist, said three people had been killed and at least eight injured.
It was the first air strike in the state in 20 years, and it targeted the 5th Brigade of the Karen National Union (KNU) – one of the largest armed groups in the country – according to which the ethnic Karen people Represents
On Saturday, there was a huge parade of soldiers and military vehicles in the capital, Nay Pyi Taw, in which Janata Party leader General Man Aung Hlaing defended the uprising and vowed to take power after new elections.
But he also threatened the anti-insurgency movement, warning that acts of “terrorism that could be detrimental to the peace and security of states” were unacceptable. On Saturday night, Man Aung Hlaing and his wife entertained dignitaries, including Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin, at a lavish outdoor dinner in Naypyidaw.
The official Mirror newspaper reported that there were music performances and a drone display in which Man Aung Hlaing saluted. World Armed Forces Day commemorates the beginning of local resistance to Japanese occupation during World War II, and usually involves a parade attended by foreign military officers and diplomats.