At least 59 killed, 129 injured in Sunday’s protest crackdown in Myanmar

At least four shot dead as Myanmar civilian leader vows ‘revolution’

The group said that live ammunition was used to crush protests in Hlaing Tharyar, Shwe Pyi Thar, South Okkalapa, North Okkalapa, North Dagon, South Dagon, Thingangyun, Tamwe, Kyi Myin Tine Townships, Yangon region, Bago City, Mandalay City, Loikaw in Kayah State, Hpakant in Kachin State.

"One girl got shot in the head and a boy got shot in the face", an 18-year-old protester in Myingyan told Reuters by telephone.

Numerous protester deaths occurred in Hlaingthaya Township, a hub of garment production in Yangon's northwest.

Amnesty International has also accused the Myanmar military of premeditated killings and using battlefield weapons on unarmed protesters.

The arson attacks on Sunday provoked China's strongest comments yet on the turmoil gripping its Southeast Asian neighbour, where many people see China as supportive of the coup.

"China will continue to urge Myanmar to take practical measures to stop all violent behaviors and hold the culprits accountable and ensure the safety of life and property of Chinese businesses and personnel in Myanmar", Zhao said.

Since the takeover, Myanmar has been under a nationwide state of emergency, with military leaders in charge of all government.

The embassy confirmed that as of Monday, a total of 32 Chinese-invested companies have been attacked, causing damages worth about 240 million yuan and leaving two Chinese employees injured, according to state media reports in China.

United Nations special envoy Christine Schraner Burgener issued a statement earlier condemning the bloodshed "as the military defies worldwide calls, including from the Security Council, for restraint, dialogue and full respect for human rights and fundamental freedom", Dujarric said.

Meanwhile, Myanmar's ruling junta declared martial law in parts of the country's largest city as security forces killed more protesters in an increasingly lethal crackdown on resistance to last month's military coup.

At least 38 people were reportedly killed on Sunday and dozens injured in one of the deadliest days of violence since the military seized power on February 1, according to the AP.

Video posted on social media showed crowds of people, some wearing hard hats and gas masks, running down a street amid sounds of gunfire. Several people were injured.

But the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, an advocacy group, put the death toll at 38, 22 of them in the Hlaingtharyar district of Yangon alone, The death toll would equal that of March 3, which had previously recorded more deaths than any other day.

State media announced that martial law was imposed in Hlaingthaya and another district of Yangon.

Thirty-four of Sunday's deaths were in Yangon.

She said the Myanmar military was defying global calls for restraint, adding she had heard "heartbreaking accounts of killings, mistreatment of demonstrators and torture of prisoners" from contacts inside the Southeast Asian country.

The ongoing brutality "severely undermines any prospects for peace and stability" in the country, she said.

Supporters of detained elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi have shown no signs of backing down in the face of growing violence, with Sunday the bloodiest day since a military coup on February 1.

The junta has repeatedly justified its power grab by alleging widespread electoral fraud in November's elections, which Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) party won by a landslide.

The blockage of internet service forced postponement of a court hearing in the capital, Natpyitaw, for Myanmar's detained leader Suu Kyi, who was supposed to take part via a video conference, said her lawyer Khin Maung Zaw.

Japan's Fast Retailing Co, known for the Uniqlo clothing brand, said two supplier factories in Myanmar had been set on fire.

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