Myanmar’s military continues its brutal crackdown against peaceful protests and the death toll of the protesters crossed 500 in the country. The deaths include children, women, youth and civilians.
“As of March 29, 510 people are now confirmed killed by this junta coup,” said the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP), a non-profit organisation, in a daily briefing yesterday (March 29).
“As of March 29, a total of 2,574 people are detained in relation to the attempted military coup on February 1, of them 37 are sentenced. A further 120 people have been issued arrest warrants,” it said.
The military also opened fire on people who were attending a funeral in Taunggyi for those who had previously died. They even threatened to burn down neighbourhoods if people continued to protest against the military government.
At least 114 protesters were killed by the military on Saturday (March 27). This violence was widely condemned by the United Nations, the United States, the European Union and other countries.
U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai on Monday (March 29) announced the immediate suspension of all U.S. engagement with Myanmar under the 2013 Trade and Investment Framework Agreement until the elected Government returns.
“We strongly condemn the Burmese security forces’ brutal violence against civilians. The killing of peaceful protestors, students, workers, labor leaders, medics, and children has shocked the conscience of the international community,” tweeted Katherine Tai.