Burmese security forces killed 93 people across the country on Saturday; It was the bloodiest day since the military coup of February 1
Burmese security forces killed 93 people across the country on Saturday; It was the bloodiest day since the military coup of February 1, according to the PA agency, citing an independent researcher from Rangoon. She reserves that she herself is not able to confirm these data in independent sources.
The researcher, who - according to AP - compiled statistics on deaths in real time, said after dark in Burma that the number was 93. These people died in about 24 cities and towns throughout the country.
According to the Burmese website Myanmar Now, the death toll reached 91 on Saturday.
The Associated Press notes that both of these numbers are higher than all estimates for the previous highest death toll from the March 14 riots, ranging from 74 to 90 dead.
The figures collected by the researcher who asked not to disclose his name for security reasons are in line with the data reported at the end of each day by the Union for Aid to Political Prisoners (AAPP), AP points out. This association documents deaths and arrests, and is widely regarded as the final source. The Associated Press states that it cannot independently confirm the death toll.
According to AFP, at least 24 people died on Saturday as a result of the crackdown on pro-democracy protests in Burma. On that day, a military parade was held in the country's capital, Naypyidaw, on the occasion of Armed Forces Day.
Meanwhile, the US Embassy in Burma denounced the ruling military junta for "killing unarmed civilians." "The armed forces are killing unarmed civilians, including children, the same people they have sworn to protect," the US facility wrote in a statement posted on its Facebook page.