Hundreds Dead After Massive Military Coup in Burma

Dozens Dead After Massive Military Coup in Burma

( – The Southeast Asian country of Burma has been mired in a series of military coups for decades. The country enjoyed a brief period of semi-democratic rule, but that came to an end on February 1, 2021, when its military seized power again. Burma’s history appears to be entering another bloody chapter in the wake of that coup.

Reuters reported that Burmese security forces killed 114 people, including a 13-year-old child, in a “brutal crackdown” on protesters calling for a return to democracy on Saturday, March 27. The military also launched airstrikes on a village controlled by one of Burma’s ethnic minority groups, killing at least two individuals.

As one might expect, Western nations’ response was swift, with the United States envoy calling the situation horrifying. British Ambassador Dan Chugg said Burma’s security forces “disgraced themselves.”

More than 440 civilians have reportedly been killed in military-led crackdowns on pro-democracy protests since the coup. Both the United States and the United Kingdom have imposed heavier sanctions on Burma in response to the military takeover.

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