News broke out in Myanmar on Saturday (10th) that security forces killed more than 80 anti-coup demonstrators on Friday.
Reuters reported that the Myanmar Political Prisoners Aid Association (AAPP) confirmed on Saturday night that the military had killed 82 anti-coup demonstrators on Friday in Bago, about 65 kilometers from Yangon. The independent media “Myanmar Today” also stated that 82 people died.
Agence France-Presse verified a video taken in the early hours of Friday morning. In the video, demonstrators with homemade rifles can be seen hiding behind sandbag barriers, and explosions can be heard in the distance.
A resident said that the military refused to allow rescuers to approach the body of the deceased. “They piled the body on a military vehicle and then drove the truck away.” Some witnesses and the Burmese media also said that soldiers used rifle grenades against the demonstrators.
Myanmar’s military television reported on Friday that 19 people were sentenced to death by a military court for killing an army captain’s adjutant. This is the first death sentence issued by the Myanmar military since the anti-coup demonstrations broke out.
Human Rights Watch said that the Myanmar military court had issued a death sentence in order to spread panic during the anti-coup d’etat movement. The Norwegian Foreign Minister stated that the military’s execution of the death penalty for anti-coup demonstrators was “unacceptable”.