Myanmar security forces fired live ammunition at the protesters, amid popular rejection of the military coup that ousted the country’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi, according to the US news channel Al Hurra.
Witnesses said that Myanmar police opened fire to disperse protesters on Tuesday, while foreign ministers of neighboring countries plan to hold talks with the military in an attempt to stop the violence and find a way to get out of the crisis.
The United States (U.S.) threatened Myanmar’s military leaders on Monday to take further actions over security forces’ violent crackdown on unarmed protesters, journalists, and activists.
In a press conference, State Department spokesman Ned Price said, “If the Burmese military continues this course, and if it refuses to restore the democratically elected government and end the disgraceful violence against peaceful protesters, then there will be additional measures forthcoming from the U.S.”
The United States (U.S.) is deeply concerned about security forces’ violence against peaceful protesters in Myanmar.
In a statement, the U.S. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said that the killings on Sunday represented an escalation of the ongoing crackdown against pro-democracy protesters since the February 1 military coup.
Sullivan affirmed U.S. solidarity with Myanmar people, noting that his country will continue to coordinate closely with allies and partners in the Indian and Pacific region and around the world to hold those responsible for the violence to account.
The U.S. National Security Adviser vowed to take additional measures against those responsible for the recent outbreak of violence and the Myanmar coup.
Last month, the army carried out a military coup that shocked a country and brought it back into isolation within years of leaving it.
Seeking to justify the coup that was condemned by many Western capitals, the army said it was “a necessity to preserve the stability of the country.”