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Reuters: At least 90 killed in Myanmar protests



Security forces killed more than 90 protesters across Myanmar on Saturday, in one of the bloodiest days of protests since the military coup last month, according to news reports and witnesses.


This bloody campaign came on Armed Forces Day. The head of the military council said during a parade in the capital Naypyidaw to celebrate the event that the army would protect the people and strive for democracy.


On Friday, state television reported that the protesters were at risk of being shot "in the head and back." Despite this, the protesters of the February 1 coup took to the streets of Yangon, Mandalay and other towns.


Myanmar Now news portal said 91 people were killed nationwide by security forces.


Local media reported that a boy as young as five was among at least 29 killed in Mandalay. Myanmar Now said at least 24 were killed in Yangon.


"Today is a day of shame for the armed forces," said Dr. Sasa, a spokesman for the group (CRBH), which was opposed to the Military Council, which was established by the elected representatives who were toppled by the coup.


The death toll today, Saturday, brings the total number of civilians reported killed since the coup to more than 400.

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