As Myanmar military brutality kills a seven-year-old girl, pro-democracy groups warn of intensifying protests  

As Myanmar military brutality kills a seven-year-old girl, pro-democracy groups warn of intensifying protests  

Yangon: A seven-year-old girl has been killed in a brutal crackdown on pro-democracy protesters by Myanmar’s military. According to the family, a joint team of police and army broke into the house and shot at Khin Myo Chit and her father. The incident has sparked a wave of intense outrage among Myanmar people, with pro-democracy groups vowing to intensify the movement. Meanwhile, the United States and the European Union (EU) have announced new sanctions on Myanmar’s military.  

Intense protests against the military coup have been ongoing in Myanmar for more than a month and a half. Widespread protests have been launched for the army to relinquish power seized by force and hand over reins of power to the democratic government. The movement has received overwhelming support from across the country, with rebel groups and influential religious groups now taking part in it. The last few days’ events have shown that the Myanmar military has intensified its atrocities given the movement’s growing scope.  

Last week, more than 55 protesters were killed in just 24 hours in Myanmar’s military crackdown. Along with protesters on the streets, the army has now extended brutality towards innocent civilians at home in Myanmar. The military breaks into houses and detains ordinary civilians based on mere suspicion, violently beating them up. In some areas, military units patrolling the streets have opened indiscriminate fire on nearby houses.  

The action on Tuesday is said to be one of such incidents. Police and army squads stormed the Chanmyathazi township, Myanmar’s second-largest city, on Tuesday. At the time, a group of about 30 soldiers broke into a house and shot at a seven-year-old girl along with her father. Sources also said that some members of the family were arrested at the time. Khin Myo Chit, a seven-year-old girl, was shot in the abdomen and died on the spot during a military raid.  

Khin Myo Chit is the youngest girl to have been killed in the military crackdown. At least 20 children, including an eight-year-old boy, have been killed in the Myanmar military’s brutal crackdown so far. Military sources have declined to comment on the issue. However, Khin Myo Chit’s death triggered a wave of public outrage against the military in Myanmar, with pro-democracy groups vowing to intensify the protests further.  

Citizens staged a ‘silent strike’ in several cities across Myanmar on Wednesday. As a result, all transactions in major cities came to a standstill. The silent strike’s success, while the military is trying to demonstrate that everything in the country is alright, is remarkable.  

Meanwhile, the international community is trying to pressurise Myanmar’s military junta. The United States and the European Union have announced sanctions on senior military officials and military personnel. Besides, Malaysia has postponed its decision to deport illegal immigrants from Myanmar. The decision will remain on hold until after the ASEAN meeting is held on the issue of Myanmar’s military coup. 

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