The lethal crackdown in Myanmar continues with widespread calls for the violence to end

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The deadly crackdown on demonstrators, activists and also journalists in Myanmar has continued unabated with at least 10 more people shot to death by security forces on Thursday. UN special rapporteur for Myanmar, Thomas Andrews, called for an end to the use of lethal force and suggested a growing amount of evidence that crimes against humanity are taking place in the South Asian country.

The streets of cities across Myanmar have been filled with protests over a military coup on Feb. 1. Since then, the country’s security forces have engaged in brutal tactics — including using tear gas and committing torture and murder — to quell the uprising where as many as 70 people have now been killed.

Myanmar's military rulers have also announced new allegations against elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been detained since the coup. Suu Kyi is accused of illegally accepting $600,000 and 11 kilograms of gold. No evidence was provided.

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Japan's Self Defense Forces walk through the destruction of Ishinomaki helping aid in the evacuation, 2011.


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