At least 50 people have been shot dead by security forces during anti-junta protests in Myanmar. The Armed Forces Day is being celebrated in the country on Saturday. Meanwhile, the protests have continued. Myanmar’s security forces fired indiscriminately to suppress it.
Protesters have taken to the streets since this morning, according to Reuters. Demonstrations began in various cities, including Yangon and Mandalay. At the same time, the armed security forces started cracking down on it. Six protesters were killed in Yangon. Thirteen people were killed in the shooting in Mandalay.
Anti-junta lawmakers’ organization spokesman for the CRPH. “Today is a day of shame for the armed forces,” Sasa said. They are celebrating Armed Forces Day after more than 300 people were shot dead during the protests.
Four people were killed today when security forces opened fire near a local police station in Yangon’s Dala suburb. At least 10 people were injured in the incident. Myanmar’s local media have confirmed this information.
On the other hand, three people were killed in the town of Insein. One of the dead was said to be a member of the country’s under-21 football team. Several protesters were also reported killed in the Sagaing area, Lashio town and Bago area. However, independent sources could not confirm the exact number of people killed. Reuters tried to contact a senior army official, but he did not comment.
Meanwhile, Min Aung Hlaing, head of Myanmar’s junta government, said the army would continue to fight to protect the country’s people and achieve democracy. He said this on the occasion of Armed Forces Day today.
A warning broadcast on Myanmar’s state television on Friday told protesters, “You should learn from previous deaths that you could be in danger of being shot in the head and back.” Whether officially given. However, ignoring the warning, the protesters took to the streets today.
The number of protesters killed by security forces has risen to more than 300 since anti-coup protests began in Myanmar, the AFP news agency reported. About 90 percent of those killed were shot and a quarter were shot in the head.
Myanmar’s military seized power in a bloodless coup on February 1. Top leaders of his party, including NLD leader Aung San Suu Kyi, were arrested. Since then, protests against the military rule have continued in the cities.