Bloodiest day of military coup in Myanmar, at least 39 people killed

The Myanmar Association for Aid to Political Prisoners said security forces killed at least 22 demonstrators against the military coup in the first major city of Yangon’s Lae Daya district today, plus at least 39 people in other areas, the bloodiest day since the Feb. 1 military coup in Myanmar.

The government’s response to the coup has been to make it possible for the government to take action against the people of Burma.

The Association for Political Prisoners said 16 protesters were killed elsewhere besides Hlaingthaya district, and one police officer was also killed, the bloodiest day since the military coup on Feb. 1, when the elected government’s substantive leader was arrested. It was the bloodiest day since the February 1 military coup that arrested the elected leader of the government, Ung San Suu Kyi.

Reuters reported that the Burma Association for Political Prisoners also cited these latest figures, which would bring the total number of deaths in Myanmar’s anti-coup protests to 126.

AFP reports that Burma’s state-run media noted that the military government had declared martial law in Yangon’s Lae Daya and Shwepyitha districts late this evening.

UN Special Envoy for Myanmar Christine Schraner Burgener issued a statement today strongly condemning the bloody military crackdown and calling on the international community to unite in support of the Burmese people.