Myanmar security forces killed 114 people, including some children, in a brutal crackdown on pro-democracy protestors on Saturday, the deadliest and bloodiest day of violence since last month’s coup, news reports and witnesses said.
The killings, which took place on Armed Forces Day, drew strong renewed criticism from Western Countries. British Ambassador Dan Chugg said the security forces had “disgraced themselves” and the US envoy called the violence horrifying.
Military jets also launched air strikes on a village in territory controlled by an armed group from the Karen ethnic minority and at least two people were killed, a civil society group said.
Earlier, the Karen National Union said it had overrun an army post near the Thai border, killing 10 people- including a lieutenant colonel- and losing one of its own fighters as tensions with the military surged after years of relative peace.
The Myanmar Now news portal said that 114 people were killed across the country in crackdowns on the protests.
At least 40 people, including a 13-year-old girl, were killed in Mandalay, and at least 27 people were killed in Yangon, Myanmar, Myanmar Now said.
“Today is a day of shame for the armed forces,” Dr. Sasa, a spokesman for CRPH, an anti-junta group set up by deposed lawmakers, told an online forum.
“They are killing us like birds or chickens, even in our homes,” said Thu Ya Zaw in the central town of Myingyan.
The deaths yesterday would take the number of civilians reported killed since the coup to over 440.