Myanmar’s ‘day of shame’

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IslamNews – Saturday appeared to be the bloodiest day of protests since the Feb. 1 military coup.

The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, a rights group based in Myanmar and Thailand, said it had documented 90 killings by the security forces. Myanmar Now, a respected news site, reported that 114 people had been killed.

“Today is a day of shame for the armed forces,” Dr. Sasa, a spokesman for a group of elected officials who say they represent Myanmar’s government, said in a statement. The U.S. ambassador to Myanmar, Thomas Vajda, said the security forces were “murdering unarmed civilians, including children,” and he called the bloodshed “horrifying.”

The security forces opened fire at a funeral on Sunday, Reuters reported, quoting witnesses.

Since the coup, the Tatmadaw, as Myanmar’s military is known, has killed more than 420 people and assaulted, detained or tortured thousands of others.

Source: The New York Times

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