Myanmar has seen the most violent crackdown on pro-democracy protesters on Saturday when the ruling military regime put on a show of its strength on its annual Armed Forces Day, APA reports citing Anadolu.
The junta, in a televised message on Friday night, warned the protesters of the risk of being shot in the head and back if they continue the anti-coup demonstrations.
As the protesters, however, defied the junta threat and took to the streets in towns and cities across the country on Saturday, they met the violent crackdown by the security forces.
According to media reports, volunteer groups and witnesses to the killings, more than 140 people have been shot dead by the security forces throughout the country on Saturday.
Myanmar NOW, a leading news outlet in the country, reported that it has verified the deaths of 141 civilians in 44 towns and cities in eight out of 15 regions on Saturday.
Yangon and Mandalay, the two largest cities and most important commercial hubs of the country, were the worst hit on Saturday with 23 and 29 deaths, respectively, according to the tally by Myanmar