UN Special Rapporteur on Myanmar Tom Andrews today, March 28, condemned the shooting of demonstrators on the Day of the armed forces of the country of Southeast Asia, which occurred last Saturday, calling it “mass murder”, reports Reuters.
According to the representative of the world organization, the military junta, which earlier took power in the country, “covered the Day of the Armed Forces of Myanmar with shame, having committed the massacre of men, women, and children.”
The day before, the commanders of the armed forces of 12 countries of the West and Asia condemned the use of lethal weapons by the Myanmar security forces against the protesters. The regular army must adhere to international standards of conduct and be responsible for protecting the people it serves, not harming them, a joint statement released on March 27 said. The document was signed by representatives of Germany, Australia, Great Britain, Greece, Denmark, Canada, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the USA, South Korea, and Japan. The Myanmar military command is called upon to “end the violence and make efforts to restore respect and trust on the part of the people of the republic.”
As reported by EADaily, several dozen demonstrators in Myanmar were shot dead by the military and security forces on Saturday. Anti-coup protesters filled the streets of Yangon, Mandalay, and other cities in the country, despite warnings from the military about the possibilities open fire to kill. The local human rights organization, Association for Assistance to Political Prisoners (AAPP), reported about 90 deaths. Other sources claim more than 110 people were killed. According to the UN, minors were among the dead.
The US State Department expressed “deep shock at the deaths of many protesters in Myanmar at the hands of the security forces.” A military junta that has seized power in the country is capable of sacrificing the lives of many compatriots in order to serve a small group of individuals, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said on March 27.
Recall that the military seized power in Myanmar on the night of February 1, declaring a state of emergency for one year. The leader of the National League for Democracy, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, and several other politicians were arrested. Since then, mass protests against the putschists have not stopped in the republic; the actions of the security forces have already led to the death of hundreds of people.