Army in Myanmar shoot dead “at least 18 peaceful protesters” – BBC News

The United Nations has condemned the use of lethal force against peaceful protesters in Myanmar. It said at least eighteen demonstrators had been shot dead in the bloodiest day of clashes since military leaders seized power four weeks ago.

Elections in November saw the ruling party, the National League for Democracy led by Aung San Suu Kyi, win a comfortable victory. That threatened the military’s hold on power.

On 1st February, generals seized power in a military coup. There have been huge protests leading to a violent crackdown by the security forces.

Reeta Chakrabarti presents BBC News at Ten reporting by South East Asia correspondent Jonathan Head.

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