World condemns Myanmar junta’s ‘reign of terror’
Published: 11:30 AM, 28 March 2021
World leaders on Sunday have strongly condemned the “bloodiest crackdown” by Myanmar’s security forces against peaceful anti-coup demonstrators.
United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Washington is horrified by Saturday’s deaths – 141 pro-democracy protesters shot dead by security forces in a day – in Myanmar.
“The killings show that the junta will sacrifice the lives of the people to serve the few,” Blinken said.
“The courageous people of Burma reject the military's reign of terror.”
Earlier, the US embassy in Myanmar said security forces were “murdering unarmed civilians” while the EU delegation said Saturday’s incident, the day of Armed Forces Day, was “engraved as a day of terror and dishonor”.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he was “deeply shocked” while British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab called this a “new low”.
The lethal crackdown against civilians, including children, came as protesters defied Friday’s warnings and took to the streets in towns and cities on Saturday.
“They are killing us like birds or chicken, even in our homes,” a local resident of Myingyan town told Reuters, adding: “We will keep protesting.”
The latest violence took the number of people killed in the suppression of protests in Myanmar since the 1 February coup to more than 400.
The military seized control of the South East Asian country after an election which Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) party won by a landslide