A seven-year-old girl was shot dead in Myanmar’s second city of Mandalay on Tuesday, after security forces opened fire on Chan Mya Thazi township, one of the city’s suburbs.
The girl, who was shot in her home, was hit by her injuries yesterday, people working for the funeral service told Reuters. He has been the youngest victim in the country so far when the junta challenged opponents of the military regime last month.
The ruling Junta blames pro-democracy protesters for the heat and violence in the troubled churches and says it will use less force to stop daily protests. Although politicians say a total of 164 protesters have been killed in the fighting, the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) says at least 275 people have been killed in attacks by security forces.
The Soldiers had shot his father but hit the girl who was sitting on his lap inside them, the girl’s dead sister told Myanmar Now media. Two other people were also killed in the township, according to the network. The military also did not immediately comment on the incident.
As dusk falls, candlelight vigils are held in the commercial capital of Yangon and other cities. At least 20 children under the age of 18 have been reported killed since the group began operating last month, according to the AAPP and ‘Save the Children’ aid group. Human rights groups have also expressed concern about “hundreds of young people” being detained.
“We are shocked that children continue to be among the victims of these peaceful protests,” read a statement issued by Save the Children.
The Myanmar office of the United Nations Children’s Fund said that “the continued use of force against children, including the use of real ammunition by security forces, has severely damaged children in Myanmar.” UNICEF added that at least 23 children have been killed and at least 11 seriously injured since the crisis began.
Last month, 20 people were injured and two were killed in Mandalay when security forces tried to disperse protesting protesters, according to the Parahita Darhi emergency services agency.
The junta has faced international condemnation of plotting an uprising that halted Myanmar’s transition to democracy and to its dangerous repression following subsequent protests. It has tried to justify the seizure by claiming that the November 8 election won by Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) was fraudulent – a case of the electoral commission disbanded. The military leaders have promised new elections but have yet not set a date and declared a state of emergency.
Many businesses in Yangon remain closed today and roads are left stranded after anti-government activists demanded a quiet strike, as the Myanmar party released hundreds of protesters arrested on Wednesday. As many as 2,000 people have been arrested so far in the wake of the military coup in February, AAPP activists said.
The protesters demanded the return of the elected government, the release of Suu Kyi and others, and the repeal of the 2008 constitution, which was drafted under military control, giving the party a greater political impact.
The military is facing charges against Suu Kyi for allegedly violating the Natural Disaster Management Law and illegally importing six walkie-talkie radios.
The Myanmar leader, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 in a bid to bring democracy to Myanmar, has been in custody since the uprising and faces charges of defamation. The sacked leader was due to appear in court again on Wednesday, but his team leader Khin Maung Zaw said it had been postponed to April 1, which was delayed for the second time in a row due to internet problems.