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Myanmar military, kills 50 protesters on Armed Forces Day

Myanmar’s security forces on Saturday, March 27, 2021, reportedly killed at least 50 people, including children, protesting the country’s February military coup.

Protesters occupy a street during a rally against the military coup Saturday, March 27, 2021, in Tarmwe township in Yangon, Myanmar. The head of Myanmar???s junta on Saturday used the occasion of the country???s Armed Forces Day to try to justify the overthrow of the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi, as protesters marked the holiday by calling for even bigger demonstrations. (AP Photo)

Aung San Suu Kyi, the country’s de-facto leader and other senior government officials were detained following a coup on February 1, 2021.

Protesters trooped out to the streets of Yangon, Mandalay and other towns as the country’s generals celebrated Armed Forces Day despite the military’s threat on state-run TV to shoot protesters “in the head or back” on Friday.

Myanmar Now reports that “a one-year-old baby was wounded after being shot in the eye with a rubber bullet in the Thamine area of Yangon’s Mayangone Township”.

Over 300 people have been reportedly killed by the military regime since the coup.

The European Union’s delegation to Myanmar described the Armed Forces Day as “a day of terror and dishonour”.

It condemned the attack while calling for an end to the violence.

“This 76th Myanmar armed forces day will stay engraved as a day of terror and dishonour. The killing of unarmed civilians, including children, are indefensible acts. The EU stands by the people of Myanmar and calls for an immediate end of violence and the restoration of democracy,” the EU wrote on its Twitter handle.

This 76th Myanmar armed forces day will stay engraved as a day of terror and dishonour. The killing of unarmed civilians including children are indefensible acts.

The Europian Union, EU, stands by the people of Myanmar and calls for an immediate end of violence and the restoration of democracy.

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