Myanmar Military Council warns of “the risk of demonstrators being shot in the head”

The military regime in Myanmar is further escalating its crackdown on the population. Protests have continued in the country for nearly two months, after the military launched a coup in early February and ousted and imprisoned the leader of the democratically elected government, Aung San Suu Kyi. The Nobel Peace Prize winner faces trial on a series of questionable charges.

Tomorrow, too, calls to demonstrate were issued in large numbers across the country. It is no coincidence on Armed Forces Day. However, the military commanders do not intend to leave everything behind. “You must know that you are in danger of being shot in the head and back,” a televised news broadcast bluntly said.

This has happened several times in recent weeks. Figures kept by a group of activists should show that at least 320 people have been killed in the Myanmar protest so far. At least a quarter of them were shot in the head, according to the same group. Army commanders talk about 164 dead.

Around 3,000 people have already been arrested. However, this number may be higher, as hundreds of people who may have been arrested were reported missing. Last week, nearly 1,000 detained protesters were released.

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