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Seven-year-old girl becomes youngest victim of Myanmar violence

Seven-year-old girl becomes youngest victim of Myanmar violence”

At least 250 people have been killed by security forces attempting to quell weeks of pro-democracy protests in towns and cities across the country, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) activist group.

Zaw Min Tun blamed protesters for violence and arson and said nine members of the security forces had been killed. Anti-coup protesters have targeted the Chinese and Russian embassies in Yangon during protests against the regime, accusing them of supporting the junta and demanding that Beijing and Moscow stand with the people of Myanmar.

Myanmar freed more than 600 coup detainees on Wednesday, including an Associated Press photographer arrested while covering rallies, following fresh outrage over brutal crackdowns on protesters.

The EU sanctions marked the 27-nation bloc's most significant response since the overthrow of Aung San Suu Kyi's elected government on February 1.

But her lawyer Khin Maung Zaw said the hearing was adjourned until 1 April because of problems with video conferencing caused by a junta-imposed internet shutdown.

China and Russian Federation have both expressed "deep concern" about the situation in Myanmar, as the death toll mounts from the junta's intensifying crackdown on peaceful anti-regime protesters.

The charity said it was also extremely anxious about "hundreds of young people" being held in detention.

Officials did not confirm the exact figures or reveal the reasons behind the mass release, but the move came a day after Myanmar's junta defended its violent crackdown, insisting it would not tolerate "anarchy".

AAPP has verified 275 deaths since the coup, but warns the toll could be higher, and says more than 2 800 people have been detained.

Myanmar's military spokesman Zaw Min Tun on Tuesday expressed regret over the death of a large number of demonstrators in clashes with the security forces since the military junta seized power in the Asian country in February.

Hundreds of people imprisoned for protesting last month's coup were released Wednesday in the first apparent gesture by the military to try to placate the protest movement.

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Previously, government employees have been detained for joining the CDM, and striking state railway workers have been kicked out of their government-supplied housing if they don't agree to go back to work. "Some clients called me (after) informing me of their release", he told AFP.

Arrested protesters wave to people while onboard a bus that is part of a convoy of buses getting out of Insein prison and will transport them to an undisclosed location.

Elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been arrested and is due to appear in court.

In the southern city of Myeik, rows of dolls were set up along roads, holding up tiny signs reading "We need democracy" and "We wish for Mother Suu to be healthy".

Her lawyer says he has still not been able to speak to her privately.

Suu Kyi faces several criminal charges, including for owning unlicensed walkie-talkies and violating coronavirus restrictions by staging a campaign event in 2020.

The junta spokesman also said detained Australian economist Sean Turnell, an advisor to Suu Kyi, was being investigated for suspected breaches of Myanmar's official secrets and immigration acts.

Tuesday's report of the junta's meeting also highlighted teachers' absences from work, saying some have joined the CDM, as have health workers.

If convicted he faces up to three years jail.

One of those held, Aung Thura, a journalist with the BBC's Burmese service, was freed yesterday, the broadcaster said in a news story on its website. Save the Children said the killing of at least 20 children since the February 1 coup showed "a complete disregard for human life by security forces".

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