Myanmar's Bloodiest Day: 114 People were Killed in Shootings

At least 114 protesters have been shot dead by junta-controlled security forces across the country during Armed Forces Day celebrations in Myanmar. Demonstrations against the junta took place across the country on Saturday, ignoring the threat of head and chest shots from protesters. Army-controlled security forces opened fire indiscriminately in the name of suppressing the protests.

Meanwhile, the leader of the junta, Min Aung Hlaing, pledged yesterday to protect the people of the country and defend democracy. Then these incidents of loss of life occurred. Therefore, the protesters have described his statement as shame.

The army seized state power after a military coup on February 1. The protests that began after that had the highest number of casualties yesterday.

Meanwhile, the country's armed rebel groups are frantic to avenge the indiscriminate shooting deaths of pro-democracy protesters. An armed group called the Karen National Union (KNU) claimed responsibility for an attack on an army post near the Thai border that killed 10 soldiers, including a lieutenant colonel. The Myanmar military was not immediately available for comment.

Thousands of protesters marched through the streets of Yangon, Mandalay and other cities on Saturday, ignoring death threats. Witnesses said security forces stormed a demonstration on Friday and removed hundreds of protesters in trucks.

Security forces opened fire indiscriminately during a protest outside a police station in the Yangon suburb of Dala. Four protesters died and at least 10 were injured. At least three people were killed when protesters opened fire on protesters in the northern district of Insein. A witness told Reuters that one of the three killed was a member of a local U21 soccer team.

Myanmar local media reported that three people were killed in the eastern city of Lazio, four in the Bago region near Yangon and one in the northeastern city of Hopin. In all, at least 24 protesters were shot dead in Yangon.

According to Myanmar Now, 29 people have been shot dead by security forces in different parts of Mandalay. Among the dead was a child under the age of five. Protesters from Sagaim in the city were shot. However, the number of victims could not be determined.

Myanmar Now claims that a total of at least 91 protesters were killed on Saturday. However, Reuters could not confirm the exact number of victims. An army spokesman was called to inquire but did not respond.

The United Nations issued a statement protesting the shootings. The agency said Saturday that many people had died in the violence. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a statement:

Meanwhile, said the CRPH spokesman for the anti-junta group of deposed legislators. "Today (Saturday) is a shameful day for the armed forces," Sasa said. Armed generals celebrate Armed Forces Day after killing more than 400 innocent civilians.

The total number of casualties in the movement that began after the army coup has exceeded four hundred. The country's independent watchdog, the Association for the Assistance to Political Prisoners (APP), said in a statement that the death toll had risen to 327 as of Friday.

Earlier in the day, protesters on Myanmar's state television said in a statement: "They should learn from previous deaths that they could be in danger of being shot in the head and back." However, the warning did not say whether the security forces had been instructed to fire on the protesters. However, ignoring the warning, protesters took to the streets yesterday.

On the other hand, on the occasion of the Armed Forces Day, a military parade and display of military power was held in the capital, Naypyidaw. The ceremony was presided over by the country's top general, Min Aung Hadmaing. At the time, he promised to hold elections, but did not say when.

"The Myanmar military wants to work hand in hand with the entire nation to protect democracy," he said. At the time, he added, "the claim that atrocities are taking place, that it is disturbing the stability and security of the country, is not the correct demand."

That day, Hlaing also tried to "explain" the seizure of power through coups. He said the army had seized power due to Aung's "illegal activities".