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Switzerland condemns violence in Burma

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Switzerland condemned on Sunday “in the strongest terms” the “terrifying” violence exerted by Burmese security forces on unarmed civilians, “including children”. She demanded that the violence cease “immediately”.

Political dialogue must resume, the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) said on Twitter. Security forces must comply with international standards.

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At least 107 people, including seven children, were killed on Saturday in the crackdown on protests across Burma, according to the United Nations. The UN, however, expects this toll to increase further.

At least 107 dead

Protesters took to the streets on Sunday in Burma the day after the bloodiest day of repression since the February 1 coup. It killed at least 107 people, including seven children, violence strongly condemned by the international community.

Activists for the restoration of democracy had called for new demonstrations on Saturday, the day when the army organizes a gigantic parade every year in front of its leader, now at the head of the junta, General Min Aung Hlaing. With his wife, the latter entertained dignitaries on Saturday evening, including the Russian Deputy Minister of Defense, Alexander Fomine, during a sumptuous outdoor dinner in Naypyidaw.

The official mirror newspaper reported that a concert was given as well as a drone show featuring Min Aung Hlaing saluting.

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“The shameful, cowardly and brutal actions of the army and the police – which were filmed shooting protesters as they fled and which did not even spare young children – must be stopped immediately” , said two senior UN officials, Michelle Bachelet and Alice Wairimu Nderitu, in a joint statement.

The death toll since the February 1 coup has risen to at least 423, according to AAPP, a local NGO that records the death toll since the coup.

On Sunday, the Burmese once again took to the streets of Yangon and other cities to demand a return to democracy, and numerous funerals were due to be held across the country, which is recovering from its bloodiest day since putsch.

Blinken “horrified”

The heads of the defense forces of 12 countries, including the United States, Great Britain, Japan and Germany, condemned during the night of Saturday to Sunday the use of force by the Burmese army against “unarmed” civilians. “A professional army follows international standards of conduct and has a responsibility to protect the people it serves, not to harm them,” they say in a rare joint statement.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he was “horrified” by the “terror” of the Burmese military. His British counterpart Dominic Raab considered that the junta had crossed a “new level” in the repression.

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