Rallies ensued during Myanmar’s Armed Forces Day parade on March 27, resulting in a bloody show of force from the military as they opened fire on protesters and civilians alike.
According to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) well over 90 people including children, were massacred by state forces on what is now considered to be the country’s deadliest day since the military coup d’etat in February.
Citing allegations of corruption and election fraud, the military, led by commander in chief Min Aung Hlaing, detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other elected officials of her National League for Democracy (NLD) political party.
The military junta has since placed the country under a year long state of emergency.
In the evening prior to the 27th, state-run media made an announcement to the public, saying that people “should learn from the tragedy of earlier ugly deaths that you can be in danger of getting shot to the head and back”.
Violence was widespread as armed crackdowns occurred in over 40 locations all over Myanmar.
The event has risen the coup d’etat death toll to more than 400 since February, according to local news sources.
Although the military has not commented on the violence, an Armed Forces Day address by Hlaing was aired wherein he stated that the army wants to “join hands with the entire nation to safeguard democracy.”
He continued on by saying: “Violent acts that affect stability and security in order to make demands are inappropriate,” and that the coup d’etat was necessary because of the NLD’s “unlawful acts.”
The parade in the country’s capital, Naypyitaw, was joined by Russian Deputy Defence Minister Alexander Fomin as well as other representatives from China, Vietnam and Thailand.
Meanwhile the rest of the international community has strongly condemned the actions of the military.
Defense chiefs in 12 different countries have called out the Myanmar military in a joint statement, for harming the people it should be serving and protecting, and strongly urges them to cease the violence.
Among the 12 were Australia, Britain, the United States and Japan.
Funerals were held on Sunday for some of the deceased.