US President Joe Biden Slams State Violence By Myanmar Military

By Canadian Press	
	 		Myanmar protests continue a day after more than 100 killed

By Canadian Press Myanmar protests continue a day after more than 100 killed

The bloody crackdown was launched as demonstrators defied warnings from the regime and took to the streets in cities and towns across the country on its annual Armed Forces Day.

"A professional military follows global standards for conduct and is responsible for protecting - not harming - the people it serves", the rare joint statement said.

"In less than two months, at least 35 children have allegedly been killed, countless others seriously injured and nearly 1,000 children and young people reported arbitrarily detained by security forces across the country" she said, condemning the indiscriminate killings and demanding that those responsible be held accountable. The council has condemned the violence and called for a restoration of democracy, but has not yet considered possible sanctions against the military, which would require support or an abstention by Myanmar's neighbour and friend China.

While the statement did not explicitly condemn the February 1 coup, which ousted Aung San Suu Kyi's elected government, it said that a professional military must follow worldwide standards for conduct "and is responsible for protecting - not harming - the people it serves".

Security forces in Myanmar have been firing day after day on civilians protesting the military coup.

The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners group said it was the deadliest day since protests in the country began in February.

The escalating violence - which took the lives of at least 114 people Saturday, including several children - has prompted a United Nations human rights expert to accuse the junta of committing "mass murder" and to criticize the global community for not doing enough to stop it.

In the town of Pathein in the Ayeyarwaddy region, one man was shot dead by security forces on Sunday evening, DVB TV News reported on Monday.

Funeral services were also held on Sunday for some of the victims of Saturday's events.

The condemnation came as the death toll following the February 1 military coup rose to at least 423, and as the Myanmar embassy in London revealed it had met with Aung San Suu Kyi's son, who is pressing to speak with his detained mother.

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An insurgent group in eastern Myanmar's Karen state said they had been targeted in air strikes late on Saturday, hours after the ethnic armed group seized a military base.

Saturday saw the largest number of killings so far - and increasing indiscriminate and horrifying violence by armed forces, including a 1-year-old baby being struck in the eye with a rubber bullet, the deaths of a 5-year-boy and at least three teenagers, and the shooting and burning alive of a father-of-four.

In this photo provided by Free Burma Rangers, villagers shelter in an undisclosed location due to Myanmar military's airstrikes, March 27, 2021, in Deh Bu Noh, in Karen state, Myanmar.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he was shocked by the killings of civilians, including children.

Hsa Moo, an ethnic Karen and human right activist said three people were killed and at least eight were injured.

"It's bad, it's absolutely outrageous", US President Joe Biden told reporters in Delaware.

But Phil Robertson, the deputy Asia director of Human Rights Watch, said the worldwide community needed to do more than issue "toughly worded statements".

The Security Council has condemned the violence but not advocated concerted action against the junta, such as a ban on selling it arms.

Further air strikes on Sunday sent 3 000 people fleeing through the jungle to seek safety across the border in Thailand, the Karen Women's Organisation civil society group said.

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