Myanmar’s security forces are guilty of “blind and murderous” violence against the country’s civilian population, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Monday.
“Burmese security forces crossed another line with the blind and murderous violence last Saturday, once again using their arms against the people and killing more than 100 victims, including very young children,” Le Drian said in a statement.
The Minister reiterated his call on the Myanmar military to end the deadly cycle it led the country into and to unconditionally free all political prisoners.
At least 510 civilians have been killed by Myanmar security forces in nearly two months of trying to quell a February 1 coup, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners.
The group’s figures showed that the total number killed on Saturday, the bloodiest day so far, had risen to 141.