Irish citizens advised to leave Myanmar as state forces kill 114 protesters

Myanmar Protests Continue On Deadliest Day Since Coup

"The military celebrated Armed Forces Day by committing mass murder against the people it should be defending", tweeted Tom Andrews, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar.

Local monitoring group Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) confirmed at least 90 people had been killed by "early evening".

A count issued by an independent researcher in Yangon who has been compiling near-real time death tolls, put the total at 107, spread over more than two dozen cities and towns. "Violent acts that affect stability and security in order to make demands are inappropriate", Hlaing said.

On February 1, Myanmar's military overthrew the civilian government and declared a year-long state of emergency while detaining civilian leaders including State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi. The regime's gunmen also opened fire for no reason on a civilian vehicle carrying a woman and children in the afternoon, killing a man and wounding the driver. Hsa Moo of the Karen Peace Support Network, who spoke to villagers from there, said the air attack killed two people and wounded two others while also damaging several houses, Some of the survivors fled to the jungle to hide.

An anti-coup protester discharges a fire extinguisher to counter the impact of the tear gas fired by police during a demonstration in Yangon, Myanmar.

The junta detained Suu Kyi on the day of the takeover.

Troops shot at the mourners as they gathered in the town of Bago, near the capital, Yangon, for the funeral of a student who was among 114 people killed on Saturday, according to three people who spoke to Reuters.

The military has said it took power because November elections won by Suu Kyi's party were fraudulent, an assertion dismissed by the country's election commission.

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 military officers and diplomats. Many other figures in her party are also being held in custody.

The statement - released Sunday morning local time, the day after the annual Armed Forces Day parade in the capital of Naypyitaw - only added to the Myanmar's growing global isolation. AAPR notes that around a quarter of those killed died from shots to the head, which the group says raises concerns that demonstrators are being targeted for killing.

Defence chiefs from a dozen countries have jointly condemned the bloodbath in Myanmar.

Military jets killed at least three people in a raid on a village controlled by an armed group from the Karen minority, a civil society group said.

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

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said he was "deeply shocked" by what took place.

"Please help Myanmar, we need your urgent global help right now".

"Ireland continues to stand with the people of Myanmar and will continue to work with our partners in Europe, in the region, and at the United Nations, both in the General Assembly and as a Member of the Security Council, to see an end to violence and to bring about a peaceful and democratic solution to this crisis".

The top defense chiefs from the United States and its allies including Japan on Saturday condemned violence by Myanmar's security forces that led to the deaths of more than 100 civilians the same day.



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