Violence in Myanmar: Probably the bloodiest day since the military coup

Status: 14.03.2021 8:23 p.m.

In Myanmar, today was arguably the most violent day since the military seized power. Up to 38 people were killed, according to lawyers. Martial law now applies in parts of Yangon.

According to reports by lawyers for political prisoners, up to 38 demonstrators have died in protests against military rule in Myanmar. In one district in the city of Yangon alone, 22 people were killed. The military rulers have declared martial law in two districts of Yangon. The commander in the Yangon region will be given appropriate powers to “more efficiently maintain security and ensure the rule of law and calm,” said a news anchor on state television.

Since the military came to power, tens of thousands of people in Myanmar have taken to the streets every day demanding the release and reinstatement of the ousted de facto Prime Minister Aung San Suu Kyi. The units of the military junta use tear gas, rubber bullets and live ammunition against the demonstrators. There were protests across the country again at the weekend. After the brutal crackdown by the security forces today, a dramatic increase in the number of deaths is to be feared.

Deputies organize protests

A group of elected MPs, who have lived underground since the military came to power and formed a kind of counter-government, is now mobilizing the population. The country is currently experiencing its “darkest” time, but the light of the sunrise is near, said ex-parliamentary president Mahn Win Khaing Than in a video on Saturday evening. The people should resist with their “invincibility” and continue to take to the streets against the “illegitimate dictatorship”.

Members of the Myanmar Civil Government call for resistance to the military

Tagesschau 09:58 am, March 14th, 2021

Than belongs to the National League for Democracy (NLD), i.e. the party of Aung San Suu Kyi. After the coup on February 1, he joined forces with other MPs elected in November to oppose the military government. The group is called Committee Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (CRPH) and is supposed to represent the legitimate parliament of Myanmar, which is called Pyidaungsu Hluttaw in Burmese. The military government accused the deputies of “high treason”, which can be punished with up to 22 years in prison.

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