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Myanmar bloodshed 'absolutely outrageous' - Joe Biden condemns deadliest day of crackdown

Myanmar bloodshed 'absolutely outrageous' - Joe Biden condemns deadliest day of crackdown”

The latest trouble came as the defence chiefs of 12 countries condemned the use of deadly force by Myanmar's military.

"A professional military follows global standards for conduct and is responsible for protecting - not harming - the people it serves". Unless that changes, sanctions by the U.N. Security Council are out of the question.

The top defense chiefs from the United States and its allies including Japan on Saturday condemned violence by Myanmar's security forces that led to the deaths of more than 100 civilians the same day.

Russian Federation and China have so far not commented on the recent violence in Myanmar.

At least 107 more people were killed on Saturday, the United Nations said, as the regime observed Armed Forces Day.

Myanmar security forces opened fire Sunday on a crowd attending the funeral of student who was killed on the bloodiest day yet of a crackdown on protests against last month's coup, local media reported.

Many thousands of protesters have been calling for the junta to step down and for the release of civilian leader Suu Kyi, who has not been seen since the morning of the coup eight weeks ago.

A 16-year-old boy lost his hand in one Yangon neighbourhood while trying to lob back a grenade that security forces had thrown at protesters, a rescue worker said.

The US, Britain, Germany, Italy, Denmark, Greece, the Netherlands, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea and Japan issued the statement, a day after Myanmar's deadliest day of protests since the military coup in February.

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Senior UN officials and US President Joe Biden are condemning Myanmar's military following the killing of over 100 civilians on Saturday. He added: "The courageous people of Burma reject the military's reign of terror".

Saturday saw the largest number of killings so far - and increasing indiscriminate and horrifying violence by armed forces, including a 1-year-old baby being struck in the eye with a rubber bullet, the deaths of a 5-year-boy and at least three teenagers, and the shooting and burning alive of a father-of-four.

The slaughter provoked an worldwide outcry, with Mr Raab saying: "The killing of unarmed civilians, including children, marks a new low".

Earlier this month, the 66-year-old Trinamool Congress chief was injured; she said was pushed by four or five people against her auto and had the door shut on her at a time when there was no police personnel around her.

In recent days, the junta has portrayed the demonstrators as the ones perpetrating violence for their sporadic use of Molotov cocktails. While protesters have occasionally hurled firecrackers at troops and on Saturday carried bows and arrows, they remain vastly outgunned and have shown commitment to methods of nonviolent civil disobedience. The U.N. Security Council has not advocated concerted action against the junta, such as a ban on selling it arms.

The human rights group Amnesty International revived criticism that the international community was not doing enough to end the state violence in Myanmar.

Meanwhile, protesters returned to the streets on Sunday despite Saturday's events.

Myanmar's military launched air strikes on five areas in Mutraw district, near the border, including a displacement camp, the Karen Women's Organisation said.



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