Myanmar protests continue one day after more than 100 killed | Myanmar News
Protesters in Myanmar returned to the streets to lobby their demands for a return to democracy, just a day after the murder of security forces more than 100 people the bloodiest day since last month’s military coup.
Demonstrations took place on Sunday in Yangon and Mandalay, the country’s two largest cities, as well as elsewhere. Some of the protests encountered police again.
At least 114 people were killed on Saturday as security forces cracked down on protests against the February 1 coup that toppled the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi, according to the Myanmar Now online news service. The reported deaths included several children under the age of 16.
Similar counts of the death toll were published by other Burmese media and researchers, far exceeding the highest death toll on March 14.
The coup reversed years of progress towards democracy after five decades of military rule and again brought Myanmar under international scrutiny.
The killings by police and soldiers on Saturday took place across the country as the Myanmar military celebrated the annual Armed Forces Day with a parade in the country’s capital, Naypyidaw.
The bloodshed quickly drew international condemnation, both diplomatic missions in Myanmar and abroad.
Human rights group Amnesty International has rekindled criticism that the international community was not doing enough to end state violence in Myanmar.
“The continued refusal of UN Security Council member states to act meaningfully against this endless horror is despicable,” said Ming Yu Hah, the organization’s deputy regional director of campaigns.
The Security Council condemned the violence but did not call for concerted action against the military government.