Myanmar protests: Death toll passes 500

Tuesday, 30 Mar, 2021

As more than 100 people died after a crackdown by the security forces on protestors in Myanmar on March 27, India was among the eight countries that attended a major military celebration in the country's capital Naypyidaw on the same day, The Indian Express reported on Monday. Sai Wai Yan was shot dead by security forces as he played outside his home.

"The reported attack on the American Center in Yangon suggests that this situation is untenable and increasingly spiraling out of control", Meeks said condemning the military's actions in Myanmar. The area has been under martial law since the middle of the month, and it has been a flashpoint for fatal confrontations between the protesters and security forces for days.

In his speech Saturday, Min Aung Hlaing used the occasion to try to justify the overthrow of Suu Kyi's government, accusing it of failing to investigate irregularities in last November's general election, and repeating that his government would hold "a free and fair election" and hand over power afterward. Local media, however, put the death toll higher at 114.

"We are proud of the Myanmar people's valorous stand for democracy, appalled by the murderous suppression by the Tatmadaw military, and distressed by the lack of adequate response from the governments of South Asia and globally". It has again made Myanmar the focus of worldwide scrutiny as security forces have repeatedly fired into crowds of protesters.

An anti-coup protester discharges a fire extinguisher to counter the impact of the tear gas fired by police during a demonstration in Yangon, Myanmar.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called the surge in killings by the military on Armed Forces Day "absolutely horrendous", and urged greater unity and commitment by the global community to put pressure on the coup leaders to reverse course and go back to "a serious democratic transition".

"The shameful, cowardly, brutal actions of the military and police - who have been filmed shooting at protesters as they flee, and who have not even spared young children - must be halted immediately", United Nations envoys Alice Wairimu Nderitu and Michelle Bachelet said in a joint statement.

On Monday, the British foreign ministry advised its nationals in Myanmar to leave as soon as possible, following "a significant increase in the level of recent violence".

If the Security Council isn't able to do anything, Andrews called for an emergency worldwide summit.

He further added that the USA government is working on imposing sanctions in the coming days.

The human rights group Amnesty International revived criticism that the international community was not doing enough to end the state violence in Myanmar.

Ming Yu Hah, the organization's deputy regional director for campaigns, said that the U.N. Security Council's "continued refusal to meaningfully act against this never-ending horror is contemptible".

A civilian protester is treated by paramedics after the bloody protests in Myanmar. "Another was shot in the head", said a resident of 55 Ward, one of the hard-hit areas in the township. The march finished without incident.

Friends told media that he was always at the front of protests.

But the United States is separately imposing economic sanctions on Myanmar.

Heavy clashes erupted on the weekend near the Thai border between the army and fighters from Myanmar's oldest ethnic minority force, the Karen National Union (KNU), which has also denounced the coup.

In a sign that the call may be gaining more traction, three groups in a joint letter on Tuesday called on the military to stop killing peaceful protesters and resolve political issues.

Two-way trade between the two countries doesn't amount to much: Myanmar past year was the United States' 84th biggest partner in the trade of goods such as automobiles and machinery.

Coup leader Min Aung Hlaing has sought to reach out to various ethnic armies to prevent them from joining together.