At least 20 dead in Myanmar crackdown, and more than 150 reportedly killed since coup
At least 20 people were killed in Myanmar on Monday after another day of unrest and protests against the junta, a local monitoring group said. While the United Nations said at least 138 peaceful protesters have been killed since the Feb. 1 military coup.
U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said this included 38 people killed Sunday, the majority in the Hlaing Thayer area of Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city, and 18 people killed on Saturday. The total includes women and children, according to the figures from the U.N. human rights office. This figure, however, does not include the fatalities on Monday yet.
The country has been in uproar since the military ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi from power, with hundreds of thousands taking to the streets to demand a return to democracy.
Security forces have used tear gas, rubber bullets and live rounds against protesters in near-daily crackdowns across the country.
March 11 – Citizens in Myanmar woke to news that the United Nations Security Council has managed to pass a resolution which, for the first time since the coup, condemns the excessive force used on peaceful protestors by Myanmar’s security forces.
The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, a local monitoring group that has been tracking arrests and fatalities, said at least 20 had died in Monday’s violence.
“Casualties are drastically increasing,” it said in a Tuesday statement, adding that more than 180 people had been killed since the February 1 coup.
While the bulk of Monday’s deaths were anti-coup demonstrators, some were civilians who were “not even participating in the protests”, it said.
Most were killed in central Myanmar, while at least three died in commercial hub Yangon.
The Yangon deaths included two women in their homes who were shot when security forces opened fire on the streets, according to AAPP.
AFP has independently verified 11 fatalities.
Sunday marked the single deadliest day since the coup so far, with AFP confirming at least 44 people killed in unrest across the country.
Six townships in Yangon were placed under martial law after Sunday’s violence.
Anyone arrested there faces trial by military tribunal rather than civilian courts, with sentences ranging from three years’ hard labour to execution.