More than 100 people were killed on Armed Forces Day, March 27th in Myanmar, marking the deadliest day of protests since the February 1st military coup. The military continued a brutal, countrywide crackdown on pro-democracy protesters. More than 500 people have been killed.
“They are killing us like birds or chickens, even in our homes,” said a resident. “We will keep protesting regardless. We must fight until the junta falls.”
The military’s killing of peaceful protesters has shocked the conscience of the international community. The United States suspended a trade agreement with Myanmar on March 29th until democracy is restored in the country. “The United States supports the people of Myanmar in their efforts to restore a democratically elected government,” said U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai.
Defense chiefs from a dozen countries, including the U.S., issued a rare joint statement condemning Myanmar’s use of lethal force against unarmed people. The secretarygeneral of the United Nations condemned the killing of civilians, including children and young people, by Myanmar security forces. He urged the military to refrain from violence and repression.