Myanmar’s security forces have killed at least 568 civilians during their nearly two-month efforts to end protests against the February 1 coup, as thousands took to the streets again despite the mounting death toll, United Nations (UN) spokesperson Stephane Djarric said.
“80 people were killed over the weekend,” Dujarric said.
” The UN Human Rights Office has received credible reports of at least 568 women, children and men who have been killed since the military seized control of the government in February. The office warrants at this number may be significantly higher,” he added.
The country has been witnessing a wave of unrest since the military ousted the government of civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi from power through a February 1 coup, sparking a nationwide uprising in which protesters called for the restoration of democracy.
U.S. President Joe Biden condemned the bloody crackdown on protesters in Myanmar, as security forces killed more than 100 people, including at least seven children.
“It’s absolutely outrageous and based on the reporting I’ve gotten, an awful lot of people have been killed totally unnecessarily,” US President Joe Biden told reporters.
He also added that US is currently working on imposing more sanctions against Myanmar Junta.