Anti-coup protesters march during a demonstration in Yangon on May 12th. (Photo of the AP file)
More than 800 people have been killed by Myanmar security forces since a wave of protests broke out across the country after the military took power in a coup in February, an activist group said.
Myanmar has been in turmoil since The army ousted the elected government of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and arrested her and officials from her National League for Democracy Party.
The military responded to protests by pro-democracy supporters in cities with deadly violence during the fighting between the army and ethnic rebels in border areas and newly formed militia forces have increased.
According to the activist group of the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, 802 people were killed in the junta’s crackdown on their opponents on Monday.
“This is AAPP’s verified figure, the real death toll is likely much higher, “the group said in their Daily B riefing.
Six other deaths were listed, including in cities in Chin state and in counties in the capital cities of Mandalay and Yangon.
Reuters was unable to independently verify the victims and a military spokesman did not answer a call for comment The junta previously denied the number of civilians who died, claiming dozens of members of the security forces were also killed in the protests.
The activist group said 4,120 people are currently detained, including 20 who were sentenced to death.
Some of the most intense fighting since the February 1 coup has occurred in recent days in Mindat, about 100 km from the Indian border in Chin state, when the army was fighting local militias is fighting.
Thousands of residents of the mountain town in northwest Myanmar hid in jungles, villages and valleys on Monday after fleeing from a military attack Martial law was declared in Mindat last week before the army launched its artillery and helicopter attack against a newly formed Chinland Defense Force. The militia, armed mostly with hunting rifles, said they had withdrawn to save civilians from the crossfire.
Several residents reached by Reuters said food was scarce and an estimated 5,000 to 8,000 people moved out of town had fled. The streets were blocked and the presence of troops on the streets prevented them from returning.
“Almost everyone has left town,” said a volunteer fighter, who said she was in a jungle. “Most of them are hiding.”
The United States and Great Britain have urged the army to avoid civilian casualties, and a shadow national unity government formed by Suu Kyi loyalists appealed for international aid A vote by the United States General Assembly Tuesday on a draft resolution calling for “an immediate suspension of the direct and indirect supply, sale or transfer of all arms and ammunition” to Myanmar has been postponed, diplomats said / p> It was not immediately known when a vote would be postponed. Some diplomats said it was delayed to gain more support.
The draft resolution calls on the Myanmar military to end the state of emergency, stop all violence against peaceful protesters and respect the will of the people as stated in the November election results.
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