Myanmar bloodshed 'absolutely outrageous' - Joe Biden condemns deadliest day of crackdown
Mar 29 2021
Nations including Germany and the United States jointly decried the military violence which resulted in over 100 deaths in one day.
The statement released after the violence in the country on Saturday, is backed by defense chiefs from Australia, Britain, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, South Korea and New Zealand.
The latest deaths take the number killed in the suppression of protests since the February 1 coup to more than 400.
Foreign criticism and sanctions imposed by some Western nations have failed so far to sway the generals, as have nearly daily protests around the country since the junta took power and detained elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
Accompanied by senior TMC leaders, Ms. Banerjee led the 8-km-long roadshow from Reyapara Khudiram More to Thakurchowk in her wheelchair, greeting people with folded hands.
European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said the junta's celebration of its armed forces had been blighted by "a day of horror and of shame".
"A professional military follows worldwide standards for conduct and is responsible for protecting - not harming - the people it serves", the rare joint statement said.
More than 100 people were killed Saturday as the military junta backed by police continues a brutal, countrywide crackdown on pro-democracy protesters on Armed Forces Day, marking the deadliest day of protests since the February 1 military coup. The coup triggered mass protests which were met by the Junta's deadly violence.
"The people are anxious about whether the air strikes would come again today", she told AFP.
Protesters with flags hit the streets in the morning at Bago city, northeast of Yangon, and the small town of Moe Kaung in Kachin State. Family and friends were paying their respects to Shwe Myint, a 36-year-old who was shot dead by security forces on Saturday.
Estimated death tolls of Saturday's bloody events, which also saw several children killed, are hard to independently verify.
"The shameful, cowardly, brutal actions of the military and police - who have been filmed shooting at protesters as they flee, and who have not even spared young children - must be halted immediately", United Nations envoys Alice Wairimu Nderitu and Michelle Bachelet said in a joint statement.
The KNU said earlier Saturday it killed 10 soldiers, including a lieutenant colonel, as it overran an army base. About 3,000 villagers from territory controlled by the Karen fled across the border to Thailand on Sunday after Myanmar military aircraft dropped bombs on a Karen guerrilla position, said workers for two humanitarian relief agencies.
In his TV address, coup leader Min Aung Hlaing - who seized power after a landslide election backed Aung San Suu Kyi's democratic party - claimed he would hold elections at some point in the future.
But he also issued a threat to the anti-coup movement, warning that acts of "terrorism which can be harmful to state tranquillity and security" were unacceptable.
The junta announced that eight global delegations attended Saturday's event, including those of China and Russia - with a state media broadcast showing Russian deputy defence minister Alexander Fomin in the audience.