On Sunday, the Myanmar military forces gunned down 38 anti-coup protesters, 22 of them in the Hlaingtharyar district of Yangon. A police officer was also killed making Sunday the deadliest day since mass demonstrations against the military coup started six weeks ago.
The generals seized power on February 1 and declared martial law over two areas of Yangon where Chinese factories were set on fire with thick smoke rising over the industrial Hlaing Thar Yar Township in Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city, and security forces opened fire on protesters.
Since the coup, a total of 126 people have been killed by the Myanmar military with “violent and arbitrary crackdowns” said the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) and added that casualties were “drastically increasing”. Widespread arrests are made with the number of people arrested rose to more than 2,150 people by Saturday.
Military rule in Myanmar (formerly named Burma) lasted from 1962 to 2011 and resumed on February 1, 2021.
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