Yangon, March 28
Myanmar security forces opened fire at a funeral on Sunday, witnesses said, as people across the country gathered to mourn 114 persons killed the previous day in the worst crackdown on protests since the military coup.
- Total number of civilians reportedly killed 440
- Thousands of villagers in a border area flee to Thailand after army air strikes
- UN investigator accuses army of committing ‘mass murder’
- The US, Britain, Germany and the European Union condemned the violence.
Mourners fled the shooting in Bago at a service for 20-year-old student Thae Maung Maung near the commercial capital Yangon and there were no immediate reports of casualties, three persons in the town told Reuters. “While we are singing the revolution song for him, security forces just arrived and shot at us,” a woman called Aye who was at the service said. “People, including us, run away as they opened fire.”
Foreign criticism fails to deter junta
- At least six children aged 10-16 were among those killed on Saturday, according to news reports and witnesses.
- The bloodshed drew renewed Western condemnation. The UN Special Rapporteur for Myanmar said the army was carrying out “mass murder” and called on the world to isolate the junta and halt its access to weapons.
- Foreign criticism and sanctions imposed by some Western nations have failed to sway the military leaders, as have almost daily protests around the country since the junta grabbed power
Three persons were killed in other shooting incidents on Sunday and thousands of villagers in a border area fled to Thailand after army air strikes on one of several ethnic militias that have stepped up attacks since the coup, witnesses and local media said. One person was killed when troops opened fire overnight on a group of protesters near the capital Naypyitaw, Myanmar Now news reported and there were several protests on Sunday in the Sagaing region near the country’s second city, Mandalay. There were no reports of large-scale protests within Mandalay, which bore the brunt of the casualties on Saturday. At least six children aged 10 and 16 were among those killed on Saturday, according to news reports and witnesses. Protesters call the victims “Fallen Stars”.The UN Special Rapporteur for Myanmar said the army was carrying out “mass murder” and called on the world to isolate the junta and halt its access to weapons..— Reuters