Burmese Forces Kill Over 100 People in Deadliest Day of Post-Coup Crackdown

HeadlineMar 29, 2021

In Burma, human rights groups say at least 114 people, including children, were killed Saturday as soldiers opened fire on civilians protesting against military rule in dozens of cities and towns across the country. It was the deadliest crackdown yet on protests demanding a reversal to the February 1 coup, which toppled Burma’s democratically elected civilian government. On Sunday, Burmese troops fired on a funeral service for a 20-year-old student protester killed a day earlier near the commercial capital Rangoon. The attacks drew condemnation from the European Union, United States, U.K. and Germany, with the U.N. special rapporteur for Burma accusing the military regime of “mass murder.” Meanwhile, an estimated 3,000 people have fled southeastern Burma into Thailand after the Burmese military bombed areas controlled by the Karen ethnic minority group. At least 459 people, including at least 35 children, have been killed since the start of protests, according to rights groups.

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