Myanmar death toll surpasses 700 in deadly weekend

Authorities confirmed that the military shot and killed 82 anti-coup demonstrators in Bago.

Soldiers run in the sand.
Myanmar’s UN ambassador has urged members of the Security Council to take measures against the military, including expanding sanctions and enforcing a weapons embargo and a no-fly zone. Picture: Pexels

CAPE TOWN, April 12 (ANA) – Over the weekend, the number of civilians killed in the military junta’s brutal crackdown on dissent in Myanmar surpassed 700 fatalities.

A local monitoring group reported on Saturday that security forces shot and killed 82 anti-coup demonstrators on Friday in Bago, 65km north-east of Yangon.

The latest killings were confirmed to have occurred on Friday. However, the official numbers took an entire day to emerge due to many residents’ forced evacuation to nearby villages, wrote the BBC.

According to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP), security forces fired rifle grenades at the demonstrators.

The AAPP stated in its Saturday report that the expected death toll in Bago might rise as additional cases were confirmed.

“It is like genocide. They are shooting at every shadow,” resident Ye Htut said to the Myanmar Now news outlet

According to Channel News Asia, the military had removed the bodies of those killed and the death toll can never be known with certainty.

Bago was the third area attacked in Myanmar in the past week involving the heavy use of force to crush those protesting against the military junta.

On Friday, expelled parliament members and Myanmar’s UN ambassador urged members of the UN Security Council to take measures against the military, including expanding sanctions and enforcing a weapons embargo and no-fly zone.

Late on Saturday, the United Nations office in Myanmar tweeted that they had monitored the bloodshed in Bago, where it said wounded people were refused medical attention.

On Sunday morning, an explosion occurred at Myawaddy Bank’s largest branch in Mandalay, injuring a security guard, reported local media sources.

Myanmar has descended into violence since civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and several other NLD leaders were ousted in a coup d’état on February 1.

The majority of demonstrations in cities and towns around the country are conducted by peaceful protesters who identify with the campaign calling for a fair democracy.

– African News Agency (ANA); Editing by Yaron Blecher

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