Conflicts & War

Deaths in Myanmar exceed 500 following latest killings

Bangkok, March 30 (efe-epa).- Recent killings by security forces have raised the death toll since last month’s coup in Myanmar to more than 500, as violence continued Monday night in a Yangon district.

Statistics by the Association for the Assistance of Political Prisoners of Myanmar show the total number of deaths from police and military repression has reached 510, including 14 on Monday.

Several local and neighboring media reported violent Monday night crackdowns by officials in Dagon Sur district, the former capital, although there is still no clear number of victims.

The association registered the killing of two men in those incidents, one from a shot to the head, but there could be more deaths according to social media eyewitness accounts, as images of a charred body did the rounds online Tuesday morning.

According to digital news portal Khit Thit media, the citizen, of unknown identity, was killed and burned by security forces in south Dagon district and found Tuesday morning by neighbors.

“I found a body burning this morning. The military was here from night until 4am. I don’t know his name. People don’t even dare to go out on the street because the army has been shooting all night,” Khit Thit, a resident of the area, said.

In recent days, the urban repression on protests has been joined by the aerial bombardment of the region controlled by Karen guerrillas, near the border with Thailand, where thousands of people have fled for fear of attacks.

According to the support network for the Karen population, attacks with bombs and fighter jets occurred Saturday and Sunday, while David Eubank, Free Myanmar Rangers NGO founder, told EFE that the Myanmar planes attacked the area again Monday morning.

In this attack, a two-and-a-half-year-old boy was wounded in the face and the ear by shrapnel while he was sitting on the lap of his father, who died after being struck in the head by a piece of debris following the bombing.

Despite the repression, protests continued Tuesday in several Myanmar cities against the military junta, which justified the Feb. 1 coup by claiming alleged fraud in November’s elections, in which incumbent leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s party won a landslide victory. EFE-EPA

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