Security forces have used tear gas, rubber bullets, and live rounds to break urban and community protests as the violence continues

Another 38 people were killed in Myanmar when the military tried to suppress demonstrations by pro-democracy activists against the coup last month, the United Nations said

According to the UN special envoy Christine Schraner Burgener, it was the bloodiest day since the generals came to power on April 1 February More than 50 people died and many others were injured

A human rights group said the military killed at least 18 people on Wednesday, but that number rose sharply at the end of the day

“It’s terrible, it’s a massacre. No words can describe the situation and our feelings,” youth activist Thinzar Shunlei Yi told Reuters

Reports indicate that four children were among the youngest victims, including a 14-year-old boy who was shot and killed by a soldier in a passing convoy of military trucks in Myingyan, Radio Free Asia claimed

Security forces fired tear gas, rubber bullets and live rounds in several cities to break off protests and gave little warning, witnesses

said

At least eight people were killed in the capital, Yangon, one early in the day and seven more in the early evening

And two were killed in clashes during a protest in the country’s second largest city, Mandalay, a witness and media reports said

A spokesman for the ruling military council didn’t answer phone calls for comment, Reuters

said

The security forces arrested about 300 protesters while breaking off protests in Yangon, Myanmar Now News Agency reported

According to activists, a total of 1300 people arrested, including six journalists in Yangon

The violence comes a day after Foreign Ministers of Myanmar’s Southeast Asian neighbors called on the military to end the protests but did not join forces in a call by the military to release ousted Prime Minister Aung San Suu Kyi

The chairman of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) said in a statement: “We have expressed ASEAN’s readiness to support Myanmar in positive, peaceful and constructive ways”

Myanmar state media said the military-appointed foreign minister attended the ASEAN meeting, which “exchanged views on regional and international issues,” without mentioning the focus on Myanmar’s problems

The coup on Jan. February ended Myanmar’s tentative moves towards democratic rule, sparking nationwide protests and international outcry

Generals seized power, claiming there was fraud in last November’s elections that the party of de facto civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi won in a landslide

It is reported that her boy was shot in the head by a bullet during the protests

Her t-shirt promises “Everything will be fine” – but the bullets keep coming and Ma Kyal Sin’s family is preparing to bury them

“Before cracking down, most of us noticed the little sister who was shot out of the back of the head for being very active and on the front lines,” said an eyewitness, who asked to remain anonymous,

“Then there was a crackdown at 12 noon and we ran, we also streamed live The girl was hit behind the head It wouldn’t have been accidental because of her size We assumed she was being targeted Another man died They also shot at us from noon until evening “

The process has become increasingly brutal – live ammunition is now regularly fired at demonstrators along with tear gas and rubber bullets

One particularly disturbing video from northern Okkalapa, Yangon, shows a man in white being led away by police when he appears to be suddenly shot

If he falls to the ground, his body is viciously kicked and later ruthlessly pulled away

Hein Thar, a journalist with Frontier Myanmar, told Sky News that he had experienced high levels of violence against protesters in northern Okkalapa

“They started shooting mortars again, not just rifles, and I heard the ‘dededededede’ they shoot non-stop,” he said, “You don’t have to hit people who are on the ground, but they do it you hit the people who are lying on the ground you shoot the people “

The military in Myanmar is frustrated with the ongoing movement of civil disobedience and the potentially underrated strong resistance and is doing everything possible to crush the opposition

“An arms embargo is very important. The reason is that the military is using these weapons against its own people, the civilian population. Therefore, nobody should sell arms or have military ties with Burma,” said Kyaw Win, director of the Burma Human Rights Network

The generals who took over the country in the February coup have previously proven that they will kill the civilian population of Myanmar if necessary

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