The UN reported on the “bloodiest” day after the coup in Myanmar




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The UN is shocked by the loss of life in Myanmar on Saturday, the “bloodiest” day since the start of the coup, the organization's mission in the country said in a statement.





“The UN Mission in Myanmar is appalled by the senseless loss of life today as dozens are reported shot dead by the military across the country on the bloodiest day since the coup,” the mission said on its website.

The violence is completely unacceptable and must be stopped immediately, it says.

The UN calls for the perpetrators to be brought to justice.

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Twitter that it was receiving reports of many people killed, including children, hundreds injured in 40 locations, as well as mass arrests.

“This violence exacerbates the illegality of the coup and the guilt of its leaders,” the OHCHR said.

Earlier, the Myanmar Now news portal reported that more than 50 people were killed in clashes between anti-government protesters and security forces in several cities in Myanmar.

Myanmar celebrates Armed Forces Day on Saturday. On March 27, 1945, the Myanmar division under the Japanese occupation Command, which played the role of the armed forces of the Japanese-declared “independent” Burma (now Myanmar), rebelled against the Japanese occupiers and fought with them until the Japanese troops were completely expelled from the country by the Allied forces. From this division, commanded by General Aung San, the “father of Burmese independence”, after gaining real independence from Great Britain, the armed forces of the country grew.

Myanmar's military ousted the civilian government and took power in the country on February 1, arresting civilian leaders, including Myanmar President Win Myint and State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi. The military attributed its actions to the alleged mass falsification of the results of the 2020 general election and the unwillingness of the civilian authorities to investigate it. Having come to power through the constitutional mechanism of imposing a state of emergency, the leaders of the new military government promised to hold new elections in a year and transfer power to the party that wins them.

Mass protests against the military authorities take place daily in many cities of Myanmar. More than 70% of civil servants, including medical workers, joined the campaign of civil disobedience to the authorities, leaving their jobs.


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