Myanmar Sees ‘Bloodiest Day’ With 38 Protesters Killed Amid Opposition to Military Rule

Demonstrators show the three-finger salute to protest against the military coup and demand the release of elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi, in Yangon, Myanmar, February 6, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer

At least 38 people were killed in Myanmar on Wednesday, the UN confirmed, marking the worst day of violence since protests against military rule began.

Security forces opened fire on large crowds in a number of cities and at least two of the victims are believed to be teenage children.

Mass demonstrations have been taking place across Myanmar since the military seized control on 1 February.

It comes a day after Myanmar’s neighbours called for restraint.

Christine Schraner Burgener, the UN’s envoy to Myanmar described Wednesday as the “bloodiest day” since the coup took place on 1 February. She said that more than 50 people have died since then.

The coup saw elected government leaders, including Aung San Suu Kyi, overthrown and detained. Protesters are calling for their release and an end to military rule.

The military says it seized power because of alleged fraud in November’s general elections, which saw Ms Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) party win a landslide victory.

But the military has provided no proof of these allegations – instead, it replaced the Election Commission and promised fresh polls in a year.

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