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Bloodshed: Myanmar forces kill 82 Civilians in a single day, deadliest day since March 12

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At least Myanmar forces kill 82 people were killed in one day in a crackdown by Myanmar security forces on pro-democracy protesters, according to reports Saturday from independent local media and an organization that keeps track of casualties since the military’s February seizure of power.

Friday’s death toll in Bago was the biggest one-day total for a single city since March 14, when just over 100 people were killed in Yangon, the country’s biggest city. Bago is about 100 kilometres northeast of Yangon. The Associated Press is unable to independently verify the number of deaths as Myanmar forces kill.

The death toll of 82 was a preliminary one compiled by the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, which issues daily counts of casualties and arrests from the crackdown in the aftermath of the February 1 coup that ousted the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi.

Young demonstrators flash the three-fingered symbol of resistance as they march in Yangon on Saturday, April 10. Photo / AP


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Their tallies are widely accepted as highly credible because cases are not added to their totals until they have been confirmed, with the details published on their website.

#Apr10Coup Bago

MORE EVIDENCE OF ARTILLERY use yesterday in Bago.

+ Civilians ordered to remain inside between 10 and 3pm . #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar pic.twitter.com/GmddfWOIsM— Shafiur Rahman (@shafiur) April 10, 2021

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State sponsored terrorists use 5.56 ammo bullets to kill unarmed civillians in Bago. Photo is of the left behind ammo box from the terrorists on Magga street.#Apr10Coup#WhatsHappeningInMyanmar pic.twitter.com/MhyKvtqfWN— Suzuzie6472582 (@suzuzie1) April 10, 2021


In its Saturday report, the group said that it expected the number of dead in Bago to rise as more cases were verified.

The online news site Myanmar Now also reported that 82 people had been killed, citing an unnamed source involved with charity rescue work. Myanmar Now and other local media said the bodies had been collected by the military and dumped on the grounds of a Buddhist pagoda.

At least 701 protesters and bystanders have been killed by security forces since the army’s takeover, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners.

The attack on Bago was the third in the past week involving the massive use of force to try to crush the persistent opposition to the ruling junta.

Attacks were launched Wednesday on hardcore opponents of military rule who had set up strongholds in the towns of Kalay and Taze in the country’s north. In both places, at least 11 people – possibly including some bystanders – were reported killed.

The security forces were accused of using heavy weapons in their attacks, including rocket-propelled grenades and mortars, though such allegations could not be independently confirmed by The Associated Press. Photos posted on social media from Bago appeared to show fragments of mortar shells.

Most protests in cities and town around the country are carried out by nonviolent demonstrators who consider themselves part of a civil disobedience movement.

But as the police and military escalated the use of lethal force, a hardcore faction of protesters armed themselves with homemade weapons such as firebombs in the name of self-defense. In Kalay, activists dubbed themselves a “civil army” and some equipped themselves with rudimentary hunting rifles that are traditional in the remote area.

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