Myanmar sees bloodiest day as 38 protesters killed

Myanmar sees bloodiest day as 38 protesters killed
Protesters have built barricades in several cities around the country. Source: Reuters
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Daily US Times: On Wednesday, at least 38 people were killed in Myanmar in what the UN described as the “bloodiest day” since the military seige power a month ago.

Christine Schraner Burgener, UN envoy to Myanmar, said there was shocking footage coming out of the country.

Witnesses said security forces opened fire with live and rubber bullets.

Mass protests and acts of civil disobedience have been seen across the country since the coup took place. But Wednesday was the bloodiest day.

Protesters have been calling for an end to military rule and the release of Myanmar’s elected government leaders – including Aung San Suu Kyi – who were overthrown and detained in the coup.

The coup and later the violent suppression of protests have led to international condemnation, which Myanmar’s military has so far ignored.

Reacting to Wednesday’s deaths, the UK called for a UN Security Council meeting on Friday, while the United Statess said it was considering further action against Myanmar’s military.

The latest violence comes a day after neighboring countries of Myanmar urged the military to exercise restraint.

The UN envoy to Myanmar said at least 50 people had now been killed “and many wounded” since the coup began.

One video clip showed police beating an unarmed volunteer medical crew, she said, while another showed a protester being shot and probably killed on the street.

She said: “I asked some weapons experts and they could verify to me, it’s not clear but it seems that the police weapons like 9mm submachine guns, so live ammunition.”

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