Mass Murders in Myanmar, Citizens Fear for their Lives.

On February 1st, Myanmar’s military, Tatmadaw, seized control over the state.  The military orchestrated a coup d’etat, declaring a one year state of emergency. The people of Myanmar swiftly took to the streets, protesting for their freedom. The protests quickly turned hostile, the Tatmadaw using the opportunity to demonstrate their power and authoritarian control. However, the people of Myanmar have not lost hope, continuing to fight for their country. As the weeks have gone on, the military has grown relentless, with reports of over 100 civilians killed in one day, citizens grow fearful for their lives.

Independent Myanmar Now reported over 114 deaths during Saturday’s protests. The protests occurred across the country in 44 cities. The 28th of March labelled as the “bloodiest day of protests”.  Those who have lost their lives at the hands of the military junta includes a 13-year-old-girl. Armed forces shot the young girl in her home. The military junta reportedly having executed 20 minors since protests began.

Military leader Senior General Min Aung Hlaing responded to these events saying the countries Armed Forces day would prove the military would protect the people and implement democracy. According to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoner’s at-least 423 civilians have been murdered in Myanmar following the February coup.

A spokesman for the anti-junta group, Dr Sasa, pleads with the international community to take “real action”. He writes, “Today is a day of shame for the armed forces”, referring to the military as “murderers”. Another citizen reports, “They are killing us like birds or chickens, even in our homes.”

Officials worldwide are calling for an end to the violence. US ambassador to Myanma, Thomas Vajda, states, “On Myanmar’s Armed Forces Day, security forces are murdering unarmed civilians, including children, the very people they swore to protect.” He adds, “Myanmar’s people have spoken: they do not want to live under military rule.” Min Aung Hlaing has responded to these messages denying the military’s use of unlawful or targeted violence. He reiterates, “The army seeks to join hands with the entire nation to safeguard democracy”.

Defence chiefs from several countries have issued a statement of condemnation. The statement reads, “A professional military follows international standards for conduct and is responsible for protecting — not harming — the people it serves. We urge the Myanmar Armed Forces to cease violence and work to restore respect and credibility with the people of Myanmar that it has lost through its actions.”

Russia, however, has been declared a “true friend” of the country by Min Aung Hlaing. The announcement precedes Russia’s deputy defence minister, Alexander Fomin’s attendance at the Naypyitaw parade. The support of Russia and China is vital for the military to retain control over Myanmar and prevent the UN from taking action. These two countries are members of the United Nations Security Council, they can sway or veto any decisions made by the UN.

The joining of forces between these powers could result in an international crisis. Historian Thant Myint-U writes, “A failed state in Myanmar has the potential to draw in all the big powers- including the US, China, India, Russia, and Japan.”

With tensions high on an international scale and countries facing economic collapse, an alliance of such powers could prove detrimental. Combined, the resources and wealth held by these countries would create a power in-balance. This alliance could see the fall of the West. The UN and other global organizations must head the cries of Myanmar, acting with urgency. Myanmar requires international aid. The longer this situation remains unchecked, the less of Myanmar there will be to save.