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Myanmar military reiterates promise to hold elections as dozens killed in protests

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Huge numbers of protesters have turned out around the country to demand an end to military rule

Across Myanmar, opponents of the ruling junta on Sunday mourned the killings of at least 114 people by security forces in the bloodiest day since the military coup on February 1, but vowed to keep protesting to end army rule.

Dr Sasa, the disbanded democratic parliament's special envoy to the United Nations, said: "Today is a day of shame for the armed forces".

Myanmar Now, an online news organization, reported that at least 114 had been killed by late Saturday.

Myanmar's ethnic armed factions will not stand by and do nothing if the junta's forces continue to kill protesters, the leader of one of the main armed groups said.

Further air strikes on Sunday sent 2,000 people from two villages in Karen state darting through the jungle across the border into Thailand seeking safety, Hsa Moo told AFP.

The junta did not immediately comment, and there was no official confirmation of any casualties.

It said the country's military must "cease violence and work to restore respect and credibility with the people of Myanmar that it has lost through its actions".

Photo shows two members of security forces with civilian clothes wielding firearms were using a motorbike in attacking people in Mandalay's Myingyan Township on Sunday.

Around 90 people were killed in Yangon, and dozens more died - one of them a five-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl - in Mandalay, Myanmar Now added.

A man carries the body of a nursing student who was shot dead while assisting the injured during shooting by police and soldiers against anti-regime protests in Sagaing Region's Monywa on Sunday.

The military coup in Myanmar followed the landslide victory of the National League for Democracy and Aung San Suu Kyi in the national elections in November a year ago, with the military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party faring poorly in its key strongholds.

"We condemn the use of lethal force against unarmed people by the Myanmar Armed Forces and associated security services", the statement read.

Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director for New York-based Human Rights Watch, said Saturday's events showed that the military, known in Myanmar as the Tatmadaw, should be prosecuted in worldwide courts of law.

The top military officer from the United States and almost a dozen of his counterparts joined to condemn the killings by Myanmar's army.

"A professional military follows global standards for conduct and is responsible for protecting - not harming - the people it serves". Her unsuccessful efforts to persuade a U.N. Security Council paralyzed by Russian Federation and an Obama administration immobilized by domestic infighting give her both academic and experiential grounding in worldwide failures to meet atrocities with more than rhetoric. He said the junta should be cut off from funding, such as oil and gas revenues, and from access to weapons. "The Myanmar military leadership should recall that the military is an organization for protecting the lives of its people from foreign threats". Words are not enough. "It needs to be replaced by robust action that includes a diplomatic offensive created to meet the moment".

The February 1 military coup unraveled one of the Obama administration's key foreign policy priorities: facilitation of the country's worldwide reopening, an effort in which Power played a pivotal and visible role.

"Those who directed these killings must be held to account", he added, calling on the Myanmar military to "step back from actions created to consolidate power through fear and brutal violence" and recognise "their actions are leading the country to further division and instability".

At least 114 people, including young children, were killed in Myanmar on Saturday, according to Reuters, after security forces targeted demonstrators.

Armed Forces Day commemorates the start of local resistance to the Japanese occupation during World War II, and usually features a military parade attended by foreign officers and diplomats.

In his speech, Min Aung Hlaing accused Suu Kyi's government of failing to investigate irregularities in the last polls, which Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party won in a landslide.

Suu Kyi, Myanmar's most popular civilian politician, remains in detention at an undisclosed location. During her 2012 visit to Myanmar, Power harbored prescient concerns about Aung San Suu Kyi's disinclination to prioritize the rights of Myanmar's persecuted minorities.

"Kim asked about his mother's situation, and her health". Kim Aris had asked if the embassy could arrange a call with his mother, it said.

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