The military of Myanmar named the number of civilians killed during the protests in the country

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Since the beginning of February 2021, when protests began in Myanmar, 258 people have died in the country. This was announced on April 22 by the official representative of the military authorities, General Zo Min Tun.

Zo Min Tun noted that 240 people died at the hands of law enforcement agencies after being attacked with weapons. According to the general, force had to be used to disarm the crowd.

“When the protest moved to the stage of terrorism, of course, our law enforcement services had to use weapons. Therefore, there are sacrifices. I will now name their official number. Until today, the total number of deaths associated with the protests is 258 people, ”Zo Min Tun said in an interview with RIA Novosti.

A Myanmar military official added that seven more people were killed when police prevented police from dismantling the barricades. Five more died of heart attacks during the protests, and one died in a mass brawl.

The journalists clarified that, according to statistics maintained by the Association for Assistance to Political Prisoners, 728 people were killed in the country during the clashes, and according to the UN, 741 people.

A day earlier, Pyotr Ilyichev, Director of the Department of International Organizations of the Russian Foreign Ministry, said that Moscow strongly condemns the violence against participants in peaceful protests in Myanmar, and also calls on all parties to dialogue.

Since the beginning of February, protests have not abated in Myanmar after the military coup, during which state power was transferred into the hands of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, General Hlein. President Vin Myin and State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi were detained. The move came after several days of escalating tensions between the government and the military, which did not recognize the results of the November elections in the country.

The organizers of the coup d’etat declared a state of emergency in the country for a period of one year. Protesters took to the streets calling for the reestablishment of a civilian government under Aung San Suu Kyi and a return to democratic reforms.