After security forces killed more than 100 people, including at least seven children, US President Joe Biden accused Myanmar’s anti-coup protesters of the bloodshed released on Sunday as “absolutely ridiculous.”
Myanmar has been in turmoil since the military expelled and detained civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi on February 1, causing massive protests demanding a return to democracy. At least 107 people were killed across Myanmar as security forces fired at protesters on Saturday.
“That’s terrible,” Biden told reporters in a short statement he gave in his home state of Delaware. “It’s absolutely ridiculous, and based on the reports I got, so many people were killed completely and unnecessarily.”
Saturday’s murder came after Military Junta staged a major show of power for the annual Military Day.
The European Union has described deadly violence as “unacceptable.” “Instead of celebrating, the Myanmar military created a day of horror and shame yesterday,” EU foreign policy director Josep Borrell said in a statement.
The accusation came after the Secretaries of Defense of 12 countries, including the United States, Britain, Japan and Australia, accused the Myanmar military.
“Professional troops are responsible for protecting the people they serve, rather than harming them, in accordance with international standards of conduct,” said a rare joint statement. “We urge the Myanmar military to end violence and work to restore respect and trust in the people of Myanmar lost in their actions.”
According to local surveillance groups, the crackdown since the coup has killed at least 423 people.
The funeral was held on Sunday for some of the victims, after the bloodiest day since the rebellion. In Mandalay, a family of four fathers, Aye Ko, commemorated his life in service after he was killed overnight.
“It’s very sad to lose my husband. I lost love with my children,” his wife Ma Cain told AFP.
According to local media, a relative of a 13-year-old boy, Sai Yan, who was shot playing outside his home in Yangon on Saturday, shouted a casket on Sunday afternoon. Despite the danger, protesters struck the streets again on Sunday in parts of Yangon, including Rhein, and in the cities of Dawei, Bago, Minjan, and Monywa.
State media confirmed that two men and two women were killed in Monywa on Sunday. Minjan also died — one woman was killed and two were injured. In Flying, a 16-year-old boy lost his hand in a blast and tried to throw back a grenade that security forces had thrown at protesters, according to rescue workers.
The day before, brutal military crackdowns took place in more than 40 locations nationwide. According to the Political Prisoner Assistance Association (AAPP), the majority of deaths were found in the Mandalay and Yangon regions. The United Nations has killed 107 people (including seven children) on Saturday, but expected it to increase further.
“The shameful, timid, brutal behavior of the military and police-shooting protesters as they fled and spared young children-must be stopped immediately,” said UN Special Envoy Alice. Wairimu Nderitu and Michelle Bachelet said in a joint statement.
Henrietta Henrietta Fore, secretary-general of the United Nations Children’s Fund UNICEF, reportedly shot dead 10 children on Saturday.
“In addition to the direct consequences of violence, the long-term consequences of the crisis on children in the country can be devastating,” Fore said in a statement. The military-run broadcaster MyawaddyTV claims that Saturday’s death toll was 45, 552 were arrested, and protesters used real guns and bombs against security forces, resulting in an unavoidable crackdown. I reported that I did.
“Harmful to state tranquility”
Rebels in Kayin State, eastern Myanmar, said they were targeted by airstrikes late Saturday, hours after the ethnic armed groups occupied the military base.
Karen and human rights activist Hsa Moo said three people were killed and at least eight were injured. This is the state’s first air raid in 20 years, targeting the Karen National Union’s (KNU) 5th Brigade, one of the country’s largest armed groups, and states that it represents the Karen people.
HsaMoo told AFP that another airstrike on Sunday caused 2,000 people from two villages in Kayin State to cross the border into Thailand through the jungle and seek safety. At a spectacular parade of military and military vehicles in the capital Naypyidaw on Saturday, military junta leader General Min Aung Hlaing defended the coup and vowed to give up power after the new elections.
However, he also posed a threat to the anti-coup movement and warned that the act of “terrorism, which could harm the tranquility and security of the nation,” was unacceptable. On Saturday night, Min Aung Hlaing and his wife entertained senior officials, including Russia’s Deputy Defense Minister Aleksandr Fomin, at a luxurious outdoor dinner in Naypyidaw.
Miller, a state-run newspaper, reported that there was an exhibition of music performances and drones expressing the salute of Min Aung Hlaing. Armed Forces Day commemorates the beginning of local resistance to the occupation of Japan during World War II and usually features a parade involving foreign military personnel and diplomats.