Myanmar forces kill 44 protesters; martial law in Yangon townships

Members of a volunteer rescue team carry the body of a woman on a stretcher in Mandalay, Myanmar. AP

Myanmar security forces fired on pro-democracy demonstrators on Monday, witnesses said, a day after dozens of protesters were killed and attackers torched several Chinese-financed factories in the city of Yangon.

According to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) monitoring group, at least 44 protesters were killed on Sunday as security forces cracked down on anti-coup demonstrations, taking the total death toll to more than 120.

Myanmar’s junta late Sunday imposed martial law in two densely populated Yangon townships after one of the deadliest days since the Feb.1 coup.

The junta has repeatedly justified its power grab by alleging widespread electoral fraud in November’s elections, which Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party won by a landslide.

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