Defense chiefs from US, Japan and allies condemn Myanmar violence


The coup triggered mass protests which were met by the Junta's deadly violence.

Andrews suggested that Council members should urgently produce a resolution on Myanmar that includes economic sanctions and stops the flow of weapons.

Although there were no reports of casualties at the funeral, two people were reported to have been killed by security forces at protests on Sunday elsewhere in Myanmar. Saturday was the worst day of violence yet since the military takeover on February 1.

On Sunday, security forces again opened fire, this time at a crowd that had gathered for a funeral for one of Saturday's victims. It did not say if anyone was hurt or killed.

Figures collected by the Yangon researcher, who asked not to be named for his security, have generally tallied with the counts issued at the end of each day by the Assistance Association of Political Prisoners, which documents deaths and arrests and is widely seen as a definitive source.

The military had initially seized her body and refused to return it until her family signed a statement that her death was not caused by them, according to the Democratic Voice of Burma, a broadcast and online news service. Demonstrations were held in Yangon and Mandalay, the country's two biggest cities, and in other areas. Sai Wai Yan was shot dead by security forces as he played outside his home.

The death toll in Myanmar has been steadily rising as authorities grow more forceful in suppressing opposition to the February 1 coup that ousted the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi. The EU delegation to Myanmar said Saturday would "stay engraved as a day of terror and dishonour". She said "a 1-year-old baby girl gravely injured after being struck in the eye with a rubber bullet".

At least 107 more people were killed on Saturday, the United Nations said, as the regime observed Armed Forces Day.

On Monday, the British foreign ministry advised its nationals in Myanmar to leave as soon as possible, following "a significant increase in the level of recent violence". Local media, however, put the death toll higher at 114.

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Myanmar's military celebrated Armed Forces Day on Saturday with parades and speeches, despite the non-stop protests against its seizure of power last month.

"The killing of unarmed civilians, including children, are indefensible acts", it added. Instead, the military killed peaceful protesters and even children.

"It's bad, it's absolutely outrageous", U.S. President Joe Biden told reporters in Delaware.

President Biden said the killings are bad, absolutely outrageous and totally unnecessary. "Totally unnecessary." Biden said his administration is working on a response but offered no details.

The Security Council has condemned the violence but not advocated concerted action against the junta, such as a ban on selling it arms. China and Russian Federation are both major arms suppliers to Myanmar's military as well as politically sympathetic.

Meanwhile, protesters returned to the streets on Sunday despite Saturday's events.

About 3,000 villagers fled to Thailand when military jets bombed a KNU area, killing three civilians, after a KNU force overran an army outpost and killed 10 people, an activist group and media said.

Heavy clashes erupted on the weekend near the Thai border between the army and fighters from Myanmar's oldest ethnic minority force, the Karen National Union (KNU).

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