Violence against civilians in Myanmar escalates

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A man is shown wearing a medical mask while running past a large fire in the street behind him.

Anti-coup protesters run around their makeshift barricade they burn to make defense line during a demonstration in Yangon, Myanmar, March 28, 2021.


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The deadly crackdown on protesters in Myanmar has resulted in another bloody day on top of weeks of violence as demonstrators take to the streets to oppose a military coup. Security authorities in the South Asian country on Sunday targeted the funeral of a student only a day after killing more than 100 people including children.

A UN human rights expert accused the ruling junta of committing “mass murder” in an increasingly volatile situation, according to The Associated Press.

Myanmar has come under international scrutiny because of the ongoing and seemingly indiscriminate killing of civilians that demonstrators call “fallen stars.” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he was “horrified” and called for an end to the violence that began after a Feb. 1 coup that ousted Aung San Suu Kyi’s elected government. More than 400 people have been killed since the coup.

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