Myanmar: Five-year-old among almost 91 killed by security forces

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In Myanmar, there were fierce clashes between security forces and protesters on Saturday on the occasion of ‘Ordered Forces Day’. At least 91 protesters are feared killed by security forces’ bullets. 

The US Embassy says that the security forces are ‘killing unarmed civilians’. Military chief Min Aung Laing said in his address on national television on Saturday that he would ‘protect democracy’ and promised that elections would be held in the country.

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But when the elections will be held, the military chief Min Aung Laing did not say anything. Myanmar is also known as Burma. This country was liberated from Britain in the year 1948 and remained under military rule for most of the years thereafter.

In February this year in Myanmar, the army overthrown and came to power. Since then, nearly 400 people have been killed in anti-army demonstrations.

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Government television on Friday warned that people should learn from the deaths of the past that they too may be shot from the head or back.

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On Saturday, there have been large-scale protests in Myanmar, while the army had already warned of strict action against the protesters.

Security forces had prepared a lot to stop protesters in Myanmar’s major cities, especially Rangoon.

Reports from different places said that 90 people, including children, were killed in a clash with security forces on Saturday.

A journalist told news agency AFP that the police opened fire on the protesters.

Ming Yu Hah, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for Campaigns, said “This is just the latest example of the military authorities’ determination to kill their way out of nationwide resistance to the coup. These abhorrent killings again show the generals’ brazen disregard for the inadequate pressure applied so far by the international community.The cost of international inaction is being counted in bodies, including children shot dead in their homes.

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Amnesty is calling on the UN Security Council to impose a comprehensive global arms embargo on Myanmar, and refer the situation in Myanmar to the International Criminal Court. 

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The Security Council must also impose targeted financial sanctions against Commander-in-Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing (Myanmar’s military chief now in charge of the country) and other military leaders responsible for atrocity crimes against various ethnic minorities across the country, including the Rohingya. 

The UN Fact Finding Mission on Myanmar has previously called for Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and other senior officials to be investigated and prosecuted for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. 

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