Myanmar protests in pictures: Bloodiest day as military kills over 90 protestors, UN expresses horror

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Myanmar security forces on Saturday killed at least 90 people in anti-coup protests

Myanmar had its bloodiest day since the military overthrew the democratically elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi. Myanmar lost as many as 91 lives in anti-coup protests. Also Read: Myanmar protests in pictures: Citizens take to streets following bloody crackdown; World Bank slashes growth forecast

What do we know: The military killed 90 people on the countries Armed Forces Day which was celebrated with a parade in the country’s capital, Naypyidaw. Out of the 91, 29 were killed in Mandalay and 24 in Yangon. Also Read: Myanmar protests in pictures: Sino-Burma pipeline under threat as military regime steps up violence

European Union has condemned the killings. It said: “This 76th Myanmar Armed Forces Day will stay engraved as a day of terror and dishonor. The killing of unarmed civilians, including children, are indefensible acts.” Also Read: Myanmar protests in pictures: People show remarkable resilience even as two protesters were killed in police firing

Above is an image of the letter written by a 9-year-old girl to the UN hoping institution can help the country crawl back to democracy and normalcy. Meanwhile, Myanmar army chief Min Aung Hlaing even attended a dinner for the junta’s Armed Forces Day, as his fighter jets bombed an ethnic Karen area. Also Read: Myanmar protests in pictures: Demonstrations continue following bloody crackdown; Kyal Sin emerges as symbol of resistance

Demonstrators have congregated in cities across the country for almost two months, demanding that democracy be restored. But, the military junta has often resorted to the use of force to stay in power. State television had said on Friday that protesters were at risk of being shot “in the head and back”. Despite this, protesters came out against military rule in Yangon, Mandalay and other towns, as they have done almost daily since the Feb. 1 coup that ousted elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi, said Reuters. Also Read: Myanmar protests in pictures: Thousands defy junta’s lethal warning of “loss of life” and continue to oppose military coup

Karen National Union (KNU) held a prayer service for the people who were killed by the Burmese military. KNU is a political organization with an armed wing that opened up battlefronts on junta troops, and captured a base near Salween river earlier today. Also Read: Myanmar protests in pictures: UK sanctions three military generals for human rights violations

Meanwhile, the United Nations Human Rights office declared military rule illegal and said: “Shocking violence against Myanmar’s people by its military on Armed Forces Day. We are receiving reports of scores killed, incl. children, 100s injured across 40 locations, & mass arrests. This violence is compounding the illegitimacy of the coup & the culpability of its leaders.”

UN also expressed shock and tweeted:

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