Residents of Myanmar are outraged after military forces killed a teenager. Kyaw Min Watt, 17, was riding his motorbike when he was hit in the head at close range by a rubber bullet.
A funeral was held for Watt, and as his coffin was taken to a crematorium, protesters angrily denounced Myanmar’s military government. Sadly, for the Southeast Asian nation, this is one of the many dramatic scenes that have emerged since the February 1 military coup.
Across the country, there were daily protests against the army’s seizure of power. There are even people who burn copies of the constitution imposed by the government. And the army’s crackdown on protests has been flawed.
In one case, the military fired a rocket-propelled grenade at a group of protesters behind a barricade. In many cases, protesters have been seen fleeing gunfire. According to testimonies, more than 500 people were killed and thousands were imprisoned.
A UN special envoy recently said “a bloodbath is imminent” if nothing is done to curb the crackdown.
Antony Blinken, US Secretary of State, spoke out and condemned Myanmar’s military government. It continues to call on the military regime to release all those unjustly detained and to put an end to its attacks and killings by its security forces.
Asked about the violence, President Joe Biden said, âIt’s terrible. It is absolutely scandalous from the information I have received that a large number of people have been killed in a completely unnecessary manner. “
Even so, neither the United Nations nor the United States has taken concrete steps to address what is happening in Myanmar.