38 killed in ‘bloodiest day’ since coup hit Myanmar (UN)

Protesters react after police fired tear gas during a demonstration against the military coup in Mandalay on March 3, 2021. (Photo by STR / AFP)

At least 38 people were killed in anti-coup protests in Myanmar on Wednesday revealed by the United Nations. The report said that this is the bloodiest crackdown on peaceful demonstrations against a military coup thereby bringing the total death figure to over 50 since military took over. Also about 1200 people have been arrested or detained by the military

Myanmar Frontier reported a death toll of at least 16 pro-democracy protesters, including six people in Yangon, the country’s largest city.

Witnesses said security forces opened sustained fire in a neighbourhood in the north of the city in the early evening. “I heard so much continuous firing. I lay down on the ground, they shot a lot,” said protester Kaung Pyae Sone Tun, 23.

Save the Children said in a statement four children were among the dead, including a 14-year-old boy who Radio Free Asia reported was shot dead by a soldier on a passing convoy of military trucks. The soldiers loaded his body onto a truck and left the scene.

Hundreds of protesters were arrested, local media reported.

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