The ADF leader joins the international community in condemning the Myanmar junta’s killing of civilians.
The Chief of the Australian Defence Force has joined 11 other military heads in condemning Myanmar’s junta’s involvement in the country’s bloodiest day since the coup last month.
After Myanmar security forces killed 114 unarmed people in a bloody crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators on Saturday, General Angus Campbell and his counterparts from countries like the United States, the United Kingdom, and New Zealand issued a statement.
According to records, at least six children between the ages of ten and sixteen were killed.
“As chiefs of defence, we condemn the Myanmar Armed Forces and related security services’ use of lethal force against unarmed civilians,” the statement said.
“We call on the Myanmar Armed Forces to end the violence and seek to regain the reputation and prestige that they have lost as a result of their actions.”
The junta has been accused of “mass murder” by a UN human rights specialist, who also criticizes the international community for not doing enough to stop the abuse. But it hasn’t stopped the protests against the February 1 takeover — or the military’s and police’s aggressive reactions to them.
The junta’s troops fired at mourners at Thae Maung Maung’s funeral in Bago, according to Myanmar Now. Thae Maung Maung was a 20-year-old who was killed on Saturday. He was a member of the All Burma Federation of Student Union, which has a long history of supporting pro-democracy movements in Burma.
Several people who were present at the funeral were arrested, according to the paper. It did not state whether or not someone was wounded or killed. According to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, which has been keeping track of deaths during anti-coup protests, at least nine people were killed elsewhere on Sunday as the crackdown continued.
According to various counts, more than 420 people have been killed since the coup.
After five decades of military rule, the coup overturned years of progress toward democracy, and Myanmar has once again become the subject of foreign scrutiny.