US President Joe Biden on Sunday decried the bloodshed unleashed against anti-coup protesters in Myanmar as “absolutely outrageous,” after security forces killed more than 100 people including at least seven children.
Myanmar has been in turmoil since the military ousted and detained civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi on February 1, triggering mass protests demanding a return to democracy. On Saturday, at least 107 people were killed across Myanmar as security forces opened fire on protesters.
“It’s terrible,” Biden told reporters in brief remarks he gave in his home state of Delaware. “It’s absolutely outrageous and based on the reporting I’ve gotten, an awful lot of people have been killed totally unnecessarily.”
Saturday’s killings came after the junta staged a major show of might for its annual Armed Forces Day.
The European Union described the deadly violence as “unacceptable”. “Far from celebrating, the Myanmar military has made yesterday a day of horror…