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The use of deadly force to crack down on demonstrations has been intensifying since the military ousted Aung San Suu Kyi's elected government on February 1.

A count issued by an independent researcher in Yangon who has been compiling near-real time death tolls, put the total at 107, spread over more than two dozen cities and towns.

The bloodbath took place on Armed Forces Day in 40 towns across the country.

While the military celebrated the annual holiday with a parade in the country's capital, Naypyitaw, people across Myanmar called for even bigger demonstrations.

During the parade, head of the junta Gen. Min Aung Hlaing defended the coup d'état due to "electoral fraud" and "corruption", and promised new elections without setting any date. The brutality they showed they were capable of is on another level from what we have seen since the coup.

Anti-coup protesters maintain their position behind a barricade despite smoke from tear gas in San Chaung township in Yangon, Myanmar.

Speaking after news of the attack broke, Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney said he was "deeply shocked and saddened by the abhorrent and indefensible killing of unarmed civilians, including children".

"The continuing military crackdown ... is unacceptable and demands a firm, unified and resolute worldwide response".

Both the USA and United Kingdom announced sanctions against MEHL this week.

USA ambassador to Myanmar Thomas Vajda wrote on social media: "On Myanmar's Armed Forced Day, security forces are murdering unarmed civilians, including children, the very people they swore to protect".

Some 114 civilians have been killed by security forces in Myanmar as unrest continues. Pic Stringer  Getty Images
Some 114 civilians have been killed by security forces in Myanmar as unrest continues. Pic Stringer Getty Images

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken accused the military of "a reign of terror" that was "sacrificing the lives of the people to serve the few" and British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab called it a "new low".

Military jets also launched air strikes on a village in territory controlled by an armed group from the Karen ethnic minority and at least two people were killed, a civil society group said.

"Four men were brought to us dead", an emergency worker from Mandalay, Myanmar's second-largest city, told AFP as she frantically tried to treat some of the dozens of injured.

In a statement Mr Coveney said: "The security forces have disgraced themselves and these actions leave another stain on the history of Myanmar". Another 13-year-old was among the dead in the central Sagaing region.

"He was just sitting inside his house", said the resident, adding that the teenager had planned to become a novice monk.

Myanmar security forces opened fire on Sunday, witnesses said, at people gathered for the funeral of one of the 114 people killed the previous day, the bloodiest day of protests since the military coup on February 1.

According to a local monitoring group, the death toll from crackdowns since the coup has climbed to at least 423.

The sanctions against the two companies and their holdings block access to any property they control in the United States and effectively bars any USA person or company from conducting any sort of business with them, including supplying them with funds or providing goods or services.

Police were out in strength, trying to prevent rallies, particularly in Yangon. She was at her home with her father when she was killed.

"I am extremely sad for him, but at the same time, I am proud of my son". "We believe that all parties involved will respect the will of the Myanmar people and hope that the democratic and constitutional process will be restored soon".



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