Bloodiest Day in Myanmar Sparks Global Outrage

The military in Myanmar opened fire on anti-coup protesters last March 27, killing over 100 and sparking global condemnation from top defense ministers worldwide, as well as from the United Nations (UN).

According to a tally by news agency Myanmar Now, security forces killed at least 114 people last March 27 in 44 cities and towns across the country, becoming the deadliest day since the Feb. 1 coup.

Multiple reports also said that seven children were among the dead and hundreds were injured.

According to non-profit organization Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, the death toll is at 459 as of March 28, when funerals were held for the some of the victims. Some reports said the military had tried to intervene during the mourning.

Defense ministers of 12 countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, and Japan issued a joint statement to condemn the Myanmar military, a rare declaration from top military commanders from several countries.

“A professional military follows international standards for conduct and is responsible for protecting — not harming — the people it serves,” the statement read.

“We urge the Myanmar Armed Forces to cease violence and work to restore respect and credibility with the people of Myanmar that it has lost through its actions,” the statement further read.

Two senior UN officials also issued a joint statement, condemning the “Myanmar military’s widespread, lethal, increasingly systematic attacks against peaceful protesters, as well as other serious violations of human rights.”

“The shameful, cowardly, brutal actions of the military and police — who have been filmed shooting at protesters as they flee, and who have not even spared young children — must be halted immediately,” UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide Alice Nderitu and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet stated.

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