Myanmar media say security forces have killed 91 people on the deadliest day since last month’s military coup. The online news site Myanmar Now reported as the death toll had reached 91, higher than all estimates for the previous high on March 14, which ranged from 74 to 90.
A count issued by an independent researcher in Yangon who has been compiling near-real time death tolls put the total by 9 pm at 100, spread over more than two dozen cities and towns. The online news site Myanmar Now earlier reported the death toll had reached 91.
The killings quickly drew international concern, with multiple diplomatic missions to Myanmar releasing statements that mentioned the killing of civilians Saturday, including children.
“This 76th Myanmar armed forces day will stay engraved as a day of terror and dishonour,” the European Union’s delegation to Myanmar said on Twitter.
The death toll in Myanmar has been steadily rising as authorities grow more forceful with their suppression of opposition to the Feb. 1 coup that ousted the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi. The coup reversed years of progress toward democracy after five decades of military rule.
“The killing of unarmed civilians, including children, are indefensible acts.” US Ambassador Thomas Vajda in a statement said “security forces are murdering unarmed civilians.”
The coup reversed years of progress toward democracy after five decades of military rule.