With the deaths of a high school student and the mother of three children, the total number of civilians slain by Myanmar’s military regime has reached 238.
The two were among seven killed on late Friday night and Saturday by the junta’s security forces.
Since early February, the junta has staged fatal crackdowns on protesters across the country who are opposed to military rule. Myanmar’s armed forces seized power in a coup on Feb. 1.
The regime’s deadly response to civilian opposition has sent shock waves internationally, prompting condemnations from the United Nations and the leaders of a number of Western countries as well as some in Southeast Asia.
Saturday marked the sixth week of protest against the regime. Despite the bloody crackdowns and arrests, Saturday’s protests across the country provided evidence that the anti-regime movement is not on the wane.
Aung Kaung Htet,15, of Yangon’s Thaketa Township, proved that with his life.
His neighbors remembered the high school student as a “very active boy” who had taken part in every anti-regime protest in the area since February.
Locals said soldiers and police stormed into their neighborhood about 3 p.m. when protesters, including Aung Kaung Htet, were already dispersing.
“They sprayed live rounds for nearly 10 minutes,” a witness told The Irrawaddy.
Original News – Irrawaddy News ( https://www.irrawaddy.com/news/burma/number-civilians-slain-juntas-forces-grows-high-school-student-mother-among-killed.html )