onsdag 17. mars 2021

Myanmar's military is killing peaceful protesters. Here's what you need to know

Daily protests have been ongoing for a month and a half in towns and cities across Myanmar after the military seized control of the Southeast Asian country in a coup on February 1. Security forces, made up of police and military personnel and under the command of coup leader Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, have responded to demonstrations with increasing brutality, launching a countrywide systematic crackdown that includes shooting peaceful protesters and enforced disappearances.

At least 138 people, including children, have been killed since the coup, according to the United Nations Human Rights office. And more than 2,100 -- including journalists, protesters, activists, government officials, trade unionists, writers, students and civilians -- have been detained, often in nighttime raids, according to advocacy group Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP). Though activists put both those figures as higher.