The killing of at least 114 civilians Saturday in Myanmar, according to a tally by the independent Myanmar Now news outlet, has led to calls for the international community to take action against the Myanmar military junta.
United Nations Special Rapporteur for human rights in Myanmar Tom Andrews said in a statement that “words are not enough” to protect people’s lives.
“Words of condemnation or concern are frankly ringing hollow to the people of Myanmar while the military junta commits mass murder against them,” he said. “The people of Myanmar need the world’s support.”
The killings in 44 towns and cities across the country represent the bloodiest day of protests since a military coup last month.
Among those killed is reportedly a 13-year-old girl, who was shot in her house after the junta’s armed forces opened fire in residential areas of Meikhtila, in Mandalay region, according to Myanmar Now. She is among 20 minors killed since the start of the protests, Myanmar Now reported.
CNN has been unable to independently confirm the number of people killed.
The lethal crackdown came on the country’s Armed Forces Day. Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, the junta leader, said during a parade in the capital Naypyitaw to mark the event that the military would protect the people and strive for democracy, Reuters reported.
State television had said on Friday that protesters risked being shot “in the head and back.” Despite this, demonstrators against the February 1 coup came out on the streets of Yangon, Mandalay and other towns.