“Piles of bodies” were seen in one city in Myanmar after another gruesome attack by the country’s security forces against its own people.
Dozens of people were killed in the city of Bago Friday, “leaving piles of bodies in pagodas and on school grounds” in the deadliest single incident in Myanmar since a coup toppled the elected government Feb. 1, according to Radio Free Asia and other reports.
Security forces attacked protestors with rifles, heavy weapons and hand grenades. The nationwide death toll has now topped 700 people, including more than 80 in Bago, according to various reports, the Burmese group Assistance Association for Political Prisoners said.
News out of Myanmar has been difficult to track in recent days, as the military junta has cracked down on internet access and seized satellite dishes.
The continuing violence comes amid widespread domestic outrage and international condemnation, after the nation’s government was overthrown in a coup led by Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, commander in chief of the Myanmar defense forces.
Suu Kyi, a 1991 Nobel Peace Prize laureate who was elected to office in 2011, remains detained by the junta.
“Every day, Burma’s security forces continue to kill people – including children far too young to even know what a protest is,” U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield said at a UN Security Council meeting Friday.
“And unfortunately, this open conversation can’t be seen by those whose views are most important – the people of Burma themselves. The military has blacked out their internet. By cutting its people off from the outside world, the military seeks to conceal its terrible actions and stifle protest, and unleash even more horrors with impunity. And we cannot allow them to succeed.”