19 People Killed By Myanmar Forces On Armed Forces Day

19 People Killed By Myanmar Forces On Armed Forces Day 5
(FILES) This file photo taken on December 10, 2019 shows people participating in a rally in Yangon in support of Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, as she prepares to defend Myanmar at the International Court of Justice in The Hague against accusations of genocide against Rohingya Muslims. – Myanmar’s ousted National League for Democracy party called for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and other detained leaders on February 2, 2021, describing the coup a day earlier as a “stain” on the military’s history. (Photo by Sai Aung Main / AFP)

At least 19 people across Myanmar were shot dead by security forces Saturday, according to emergency workers and witnesses, as the junta celebrates Armed Forces Day with a military parade in the capital Naypyidaw.

AFP has independently confirmed that nine died in the central Mandalay region, three in northern Shan state, one in the ancient city of Bagan, and six in Myanmar’s commercial hub Yangon.

Local media puts the toll far higher.

Meanwhile, the embassies of the European Union and the United Kingdom have condemned the killing of “unarmed civilians” in Myanmar on Saturday, coinciding with the junta’s Armed Forces Day.

“This 76th Myanmar Armed Forces day will stay engraved as a day of terror and dishonour. The killing of unarmed civilians, including children, are indefensible acts,” the EU embassy in Yangon said on social media.

Former colonial power Britain also said that the security forces “have disgraced themselves by shooting unarmed civilians”.

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