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Lesson from Myanmar: Hold on for dear life to democracy

A relative touches the face of a protester, who died amid a crackdown by security forces on demonstrations against the military coup, during his funeral in Taunggyi in Myanmar's Shan state on March 29. (AFP/STR)
Ati Nurbaiti
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South Tangerang, Banten   ●   Sat, April 10 2021

The troops of Myanmar have gone berserk  — more than 550 civilians, including dozens of children, have been killed since the coup on Feb. 1. Reports suggest that too much of the seemingly random shootings are live rounds hitting the head, neck and chest; and many killing minors playing near their homes or while fleeing hot spots. The Tatmadaw, or military, denies allegations of the United Nations Special Envoy for Myanmar Christine Schraner Burgener that children are even being shot in their homes where family members are reportedly suspected protesters.  

On April 7, myanmar-now.org cited “numerous reports all over the country of bodies being destroyed by the military before families could identify them or perform religious rites.” A family member said soldiers handed them a pile of charred bones, saying they were of their missing relati...

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