Myanmar Coup Death Toll Reaches 500

The Myanmar military’s violent crackdown against protesters has now caused the death toll to reach over 500 on Monday, according to local monitoring and rights group the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP).

The AAPP reported on Tuesday there are now 510 killed since the military takeover on February 1, while over 2,000 are detained.

This following the bloodiest day of the coup on Saturday killing over 100 protesters while the military launched aerial attacks on Karen state prompting thousands of ethnic minorities to flee. 

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has condemned the killings on Saturday and called for a firm international response.

“It is critical to find an urgent solution to this crisis,” the statement read.

Meanwhile, Executive Director of Burma Human Rights Network Kyaw Win, on Twitter has criticized the “empty statements” made by the UN. 

“The toothless UN what else could do other than making empty statements? Dead bodies are piling up. Impose #NoFlyZone on ethnic control region & impose int’l arms embargo on #Burma,” Win wrote on Twitter. 

On Tuesday, protesters pushed on with their “garbage protests” as they piled up garbage along the main roads in Yangon. 

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