efe-epaYangon, Myanmar

At least 18 people were killed during mass protests across Myanmar on Sunday as police used live ammunition to launch what was by far the bloodiest crackdown since the military seized power from the elected government on Feb. 1, the United Nations human rights office said.

The regional UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights said credible sources reported that police fired live ammunition into crowds of demonstrators in Yangon, the former capital and largest city, Dawei, Mandalay, Myeik, Bago and Pokokku.

“We strongly condemn the escalating violence against protests in Myanmar and call on the military to immediately halt the use of force against peaceful protestors,” a statement from the entity ran. EFE

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