Myanmar protests continue a day after more than 100 killed

Yangon’s Hlaing Tharyar township saw some of the worst violence in the country on March 14

Yangon’s Hlaing Tharyar township saw some of the worst violence in the country on March 14

"It's bad, it's absolutely outrageous", U.S. President Joe Biden told reporters in Delaware. It's absolutely outrageous. Based on the reporting I've gotten, an very bad lot of people have been killed.

A leading member of the CDM, who asked not to be identified out of fear for his safety, said the nomination "reiterates the need for the refrain from any type of violence and peacefully and immediately transfer the power to the democratically elected leaders of the nation".

"We will continue to use the EU's mechanisms, including sanctions, to target the perpetrators of this violence, and those responsible for turning back the clock on Myanmar's path of democracy and peace", Borrell said in a statement.

While Myanmar's military celebrated Armed Forces Day on Saturday with a parade through the capital, the ruling junta's security forces killed more than 100 people elsewhere throughout the country in the deadliest crackdown on peaceful pro-democracy protesters since last month's coup.

The US, Japan and Australia were also among the signatories of a statement that said: "A professional military follows worldwide standards for conduct and is responsible for protecting - not harming - the people it serves".

Saturday's bloodshed pushed the death toll since the coup to 423, according to AAPP.

Mourners were expected to turn out for funeral processions across the country Sunday, after the bloodiest day since the putsch.

"I am very saddened to lose my husband - together with my children I'm heartbroken", his wife Ma Khaing told AFP.

The youngest victim, seven-year-old Khin Myo Chit, was shot dead in the second city of Mandalay on Tuesday.

Protesters took to the streets of Yangon and other cities, with reports that 16 had been shot dead.

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State-run media confirmed two men and two women were killed at Monywa on Sunday.

Saturday also brought some of the heaviest fighting since the coup, between the army and the ethnic armed groups that control swathes of the country.

Security forces opened fire in more than 40 locations on Saturday.

This figure does not take into account the deaths which took place on Saturday however.

The United Nations' special envoy on Myanmar, Christine Schraner Burgener, said the military had turned against its own citizens. It also reported that a further eight people were killed on Friday.

"These latest events are a deeply concerning escalation in violence", Ms Payne said in a statement. Joint Chiefs of Staff released a joint statement saying that "As Chiefs of Defense, we condemn the use of lethal force against unarmed people by the Myanmar Armed Forces and associated security services".

The UN human rights high commissioner's office said it had received reports of "scores killed", adding that "this violence is compounding the illegitimacy of the coup and the culpability of its leaders".

Meanwhile, about 3,000 people from Karen in Myanmar fled to Thailand after the army attacked an area controlled by an armed group, Reuters reported, citing the Thai Public Broadcasting Service.

"The Government must help organise a deliberate and integrated worldwide response to force the junta that is led by Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, to immediately reverse its takeover and abide by the results of the November 2020 elections", the 12 signatories said.

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