According to a provisional report, nearly 90 people were killed, while they were demonstrating against the junta, which, for its part, took advantage of “the day of the armed forces” to stage its omnipotence.
It is the bloodiest day since the coup. Nearly 90 people were killed on Saturday, March 27, during the crackdown on new pro-democracy protests in Burma, according to the Association for Assistance to Political Prisoners (AAPP), a local NGO which records the number of deaths since the putsch of February 1 st.
According to the local independent news outlet Myanmar Now, 114 people were killed on Saturday alone. The army engaged in a show of force by parading an impressive military arsenal in the capital, Naypyidaw.
According to the AAPP, the death toll from Saturday’s bloody day of violence since the number of people killed in the violence since the coup to nearly 420. Much international voice condemned the “killings” committed by the Burmese army, which is facing a severe crisis since the head of the civil government, on February 1Aung San Suu Kyi, was removed from power by a military coup.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he was “horrified by the bloodshed caused by the Burmese security forces, which shows that the junta will sacrifice the lives of people in the service of a few”, adding in his tweet that “The courageous people of Burma reject the military reign of terror.”
British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab believes the crackdown on protests has turned a corner. “The killing of unarmed civilians, including children, is now committed to a new level,” has he said on Twitter, calling for “ending this senseless violence.”
And while the United Nations evoked “reports” stating “dozens of dead, including children, hundreds of wounded,” the organization’s secretary-general Antonio Guterres condemned “in the strongest terms” this “killing.”
A day of revolution”.
Pro-democracy activists called for new demonstrations on Saturday, when the army organized, like every year, a gigantic military parade in front of the army chief, General Min Aung Hlaing, now head of the ruling junta.
In the Mandalay region in the center of the country, security forces opened fire on protesters, killing at least ten people in five different towns, rescue workers said. In Myingyan, a protester who saw a man shot in the neck said the death toll could rise. He said today is like a day of change for us.
In two towns in the northwestern Sagaing region of the country, five people were killed, including a 13-year-old boy caught in a shootout, according to a Shwebo resident. He said He was just sitting in front of his house.