38 people were killed in Myanmar on Wednesday. This happened after security forces opened fire on peaceful protesters demonstrating against the military coup. “It was the bloodiest day since the coup on February 1,” UN envoy Christine Schraner Burgener said at a digital press conference. According to Burgener, more than 50 victims have died in the past month and were “very many injured”.
In Myanmar, protesters have been taking to the streets in various cities for weeks to protest the violent power politics of the military regime. Security forces in the country have used force to stop the demonstrations, which has led to strong international criticism, the United States, among others, announced sanctions. Despite this, witnesses told Reuters news agency that at least eight people were killed in the country’s largest city, Yangon, on Wednesday as security forces began firing automatic weapons. The same happened in Monywa and Mandalay.
The protesters revolt against the coup that took place on February 1. Then civilian government leader and election winner Aung Sang Suu Kyi was arrested by the army. The military leaders demanded that the election results be reversed because Suu Kyi allegedly acted fraudulently. That has never been proven. Myanmar authorities have this week filed new charges against the civilian head of government, including “disturbing public order”. In total, her file has four charges. It is not known where Suu Kyi is located; she attended the hearing via video link and has not been seen in public since the coup.
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UN: bloodiest day since Myanmar coup, 38 dead
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