Myanmar has experienced its worst day of violence since the start of a military coup, as security forces opened fire on mass crowd demonstrations, leaving 38 dead in the streets.
Of the 38 casualties, two are reported to be teenage children, in what the United Nations has labeled the “bloodiest day” since the coup took place on the 1st of February.
The takeover saw elected government leaders, including Aung San Suu Kyi, overthrown and detained, with demonstrators calling for their release and an end to military rule.
The military seized control of the country after alleged fraud in November’s general elections which saw Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) party win in a landslide victory.
However, the military have provided no substantiating evidence of said fraud and instead replaced the Election Commission and promised fresh polls in a year.
Protestors, however, refuse to accept this ruling and demand that elected leaders who were detained during the coup be released immediately, which has led to violence and death.