Myanmar: Dozens killed as military targets protesters in Bago

A military crackdown on protesters in Myanmar is continuing with reports of at least 80 people killed in ongoing violence, bringing the death toll to more than 700 since a coup in February.

Activists say security forces fired rifle grenades at protesters in the town of Bago, 90 kilometres north-east of Yangon, before taking away the bodies of those killed.

The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners monitoring group said the exact death toll from the violence, which took place Friday, was difficult to determine because access to the area had been blocked.

Separately, there were reports of a group of ethnic armies attacking a police station in north-eastern Shan state, killing at least 10 officers.

Widespread protests have been taking place across Myanmar, and in other countries, since the military seized control on 1 February – ousting civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Myanmar’s ambassador to the UN have urged Security Council members to take action against the military, including extending sanctions and imposing an arms embargo.

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