Myanmar’s military forces killed more than 100 civilians Saturday in the bloodiest day to date of the coup that began last month.
Protests marked the nation’s Armed Forces Day, resulting in a military crackdown in which dozens of children were reported killed, according to CBS. Before the latest bloodshed, more than 300 of Myanmar’s citizens had been killed by the junta that took power, according to Reuters.
Saturday was a national holiday marking resistance against Japan’s occupation during World War II. Russian deputy defense minister Alexander Fomin joined Myanmar’s ruling junta at the parade, as did representatives from China, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Laos and Thailand, according to the website Myanmar Now.
During the ceremony, coup leader Gen. Min Aung Hlaing said the military would protect Myanmar’s people and work to build democracy.
Then the bullets began to fly.
South Dagon, Yangon:
• Ma Khine Zar Thwe, an AYA bank employee, was shot in the eye by Terrorists (#Myanmar security forces) this afternoon. Died at the hospital.
— Ro Nay San Lwin (@nslwin) March 28, 2021
Unconfirmed reports posted by Myanmar Now said a 1-year-old child was shot in the eye with a rubber bullet.