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Sunday was the deadliest day of anti-coup rallies in Myanmar as police fired on protesters killing no fewer than 18 persons, the is according to a statement from the UN human rights office.
Deaths were reported in several cities including Yangon, Dawei, and Mandalay as police used live rounds and tear gas.
After weeks of largely peaceful protests against the 1 February military takeover, Security forces began the violent crackdown on Saturday which saw the police use heavy force on unarmed protesters.
Recall that Government leaders, including Aung San Suu Kyi, were overthrown and detained.
Social media footage from Sunday showed protesters running away as police charged at them, makeshift roadblocks being erected, and several people being led away covered in blood.
The police operation was expanded on Sunday as coup leaders sought to quash a civil disobedience campaign that has shown no sign of ending.
US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said the Biden administration was preparing “additional actions” against those responsible for the violent crackdown.
‘We will continue coordinating closely with allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific region and around the world to hold those responsible for the violence to account,’ he said in a statement on Sunday.
It is important to note that before now the US has already imposed sanctions on Myanmar’s military leaders since the army seized power.
AFRICA DAILY NEWS, NEW YORK