Yangon (AP) — Myanmar’s security forces cracked down on protesters against democratization, killing at least 82 people in a single day. ..
Friday’s death toll in Bago was the largest daily total in one city since March 14, when more than 100 people were killed in Yangon, the country’s largest city. Bago is about 100 kilometers (60 miles) northeast of Yangon. The Associated Press cannot independently determine the number of deaths.
The 82 deaths are tentative, compiled by the Political Prisoners Assistance Association, and are the number of casualties and arrests from the crackdown in the aftermath of the February 1 coup that expelled Aung San Suu Kyi’s elected government. Is published daily.
Their aggregates are widely accepted as very reliable as cases are not added to the total until it is confirmed that the details are published on their website.
In a report on Saturday, the group said it expects the number of deaths in Bago to increase as more cases are identified.
Online news site MyanmarNow also reported that 82 people had been killed, citing unnamed sources involved in charitable rescue operations. Myanmar Now and other local media said the bodies were collected by the military and dumped on the grounds of the pagoda.
At least 701 protesters and bystanders have been killed by security forces since the military hijacking, according to the Political Prisoners Support Association.
The attack on Bago was the third last week with the use of massive force to crush the ruling party’s relentless opposition to military junta.
The attack was launched on Wednesday against the hardcore opponents of the military regime based in the towns of Kalei and Taze in the northern part of the country. At least 11 people (perhaps including some bystanders) were reported killed in both locations.
Security forces were accused of using heavy weapons such as rocket-propelled grenades and mortars for the attack, but such claims could not be independently confirmed by the Associated Press. Photos posted on social media by Bago appeared to show mortar debris.
Most protests in cities and towns across the country are being carried out by non-violent demonstrators who believe they are part of the civil disobedience movement.
However, as police and the military escalated the use of deadly forces, hardcore factions of protesters armed with homemade weapons such as incendiary bombs in the name of self-defense. In Curry, activists called themselves the “civil army,” and some activists were remote and equipped with traditional basic hunting rifles.
Residents of Tam, a town in the same area as flatfish, used hunting rifles to ambush a military convoy and claimed to have killed three soldiers, according to a Saturday report by Myanmar Now.
Military junta has also taken other steps to discourage resistance. It recently released a wanted list of 140 people working in the arts and journalism charged with disseminating information that undermines national stability and the rule of law. Penalties for violations are up to 3 years in prison. The arrests of people on the list have been widely reported in the state media.
The state television channel MRTV reported on Friday night that a court martial sentenced 19 people (17 absent) to death for killing an army officer in Yangon on March 27. The law, and the court martial, seemed to be the first time a death sentence was imposed under the rules of the military junta.
Christine Schlaner Bergener, Myanmar’s UN Special Envoy, arrived in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, on Friday with a regional mission to resolve the crisis in Myanmar. She intends to investigate several Southeast Asian governments for their ideas, but has been denied permission to visit Myanmar.