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Sabtu, 27 Maret 2021

Myanmar forces reportedly kill more than 90 people, including children, in deadliest day since coup - ABC News

Security forces killed more than 90 people across Myanmar on Saturday on the bloodiest day of protests since the military coup last month.

As Myanmar's military celebrated the annual Armed Forces Day holiday with a parade Saturday in the country's capital soldiers and police elsewhere reportedly killed dozens of people.

A count issued by an independent researcher in the capital city of Yangon who has been compiling near-real-time death tolls put the total as darkness fell at 93, spread over more than two dozen cities and towns.

The online news site Myanmar Now reported the death toll had reached 91.

Both numbers are higher than all estimates for the previous high on March 14, which ranged in counts from 74 to 90.

A boy reported by local media to be as young as five was among at least 29 people killed in the city of Mandalay.

Anti-coup protesters wearing helmets attend to a man with a bandage on his right leg.
Anti-coup protesters attend to a man with a bandage on his right leg.(

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Figures collected by the researcher, who asked not to be named for his security, have generally tallied with the counts issued at the end of each day by the Assistance Association of Political Prisoners, which documents deaths and arrests and is widely seen as a definitive source.

The ABC and Associated Press are unable to independently confirm the death tolls.

The killings quickly drew international condemnation, with multiple diplomatic missions to Myanmar releasing statements that mentioned the killing of civilians Saturday (local time), including children.

"This is just the latest example of the military authorities' determination to kill their way out of nationwide resistance to the coup," Ming Yu Hah, Amnesty International's Deputy Regional Director for Campaigns, said.

"This comes a day after the military announced that further protests would be met with shots to the head."

The military has said it took power because November elections won by Aung San Suu Kyi's party were fraudulent, an assertion dismissed by the country's election commission.

Ms Suu Kyi, the elected leader and the country's most popular civilian politician, remains in detention at an undisclosed location

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