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   March 27, 2021 1:27 AM
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by The Oregon Herald Staff

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Ruthless Myanmar soldiers kill innocent child Family goes into hiding fearing reprisals
 
The family of a six-year-old girl named Khin Myo Chit who was was gunned down in Myanmar as she ran into her father's arms have gone into hiding as they fear the global outcry over the child's death has made them military targets.

Khin Myo Chit was shot inside her home when security forces opened fire in the Chan Mya Thazi township, a suburb of the central city on Tuesday, according to witnesses.

According to eye witness accounts collected by Myanmar Now, when the forces arrived in the neighborhood at 4 pm to seek their hateful and misplaced revenge, the soldiers violently entered the little girl's house, forcing the entire family to sit down. The military asked if all the members were present. The father said yes, but the soldiers accused him of lying and shot him. The bullet, however, hit the little girl.

They then started beating one of his sons, a 19-year-old, until he bled, and then took him away, suspecting him of participating in pro-democracy demonstrations. As soon as the soldiers left, the father took his little daughter to the hospital, but there was nothing to be done.

Khin Myo Chit was rushed out to a car to seek medical treatment but died of bullet wounds just half an hour later.

Her father U Maung Ko Hashin Bai has since told local news outlet Myanmar Muslim Media her last words: 'She said, "I can't father, it's too painful".'

Police also beat and arrested his 19-year-old son.

Khin's older sister May Thu Sumaya told the BBC that police officers had been searching the houses in their neighbourhood on Tuesday to search for weapons and make arrests.

The 25-year-old said: 'They kicked the door to open it. When the door was open, they asked my father whether there were any other people in the house.'

May said that her father had told them no but soldiers accused him of lying and began searching the house.

She said that was the moment that Khin ran over to their father to sit on his lap.

'Then they shot and hit her,' she said.

Army general Min Aung Hlaing who serves as Chairman of the State Administration Council of Myanmar since 2 February 2021 is ultimately responsible for the killing of six-year old Khin Myo Chit. He now joins the ranks of 'ruthless child killers', a man who only wants power for himself, and will hopefully end his life in a much more painful way than Khin Myo Chit.

The grieving family held a funeral for the six-year-old in Mandaly earlier today.

The military has made no immediate comment on the incident.

Residents said at least one person had been killed in shooting elsewhere in Mandalay, while charity Save the Children said on Tuesday that at least 20 children have so far been killed as the country's military continues its crackdown on protests.

Authorities have not hesitated to use lethal force to break up demonstrations staged against last month's military coup and detention of the country's de-facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi on February 1, 2021.

A further 17 children are being held in arbitrary detention - including an 11-year-old girl - the charity said, as it called a separate killing of a teenage boy 'horrifying'.

According to multiple sources on social media, the boy's sister said he was at home in a 'squatters' area', which was 'not strong enough to stop bullets'.

Footage of the boy's grieving mother is also circulating social media. The teenage boy was due to turn 15 in July.

n addition to child detainees, other protesters, many of them young students, continue to be arrested, with at least 488 students currently being held in detention according to the latest estimates from Save the Children.

Save the Children and its partners have responded to a total of 146 cases of child arrests or detentions across Myanmar, as of March 22.

At least twenty of those arrested are high-school students whose ages are unknown, though some of them could also be under 18, the charity added.

'We are horrified that children continue to be among the targets of these fatal attacks on peaceful protesters,' Save the Children said in a statement.

'The death of the boy is especially concerning given that he reportedly was killed while being at home, where he should have been safe from harm.

'The fact that so many children are being killed on an almost daily basis now shows a complete disregard for human life by security forces.

'The safety of children must be protected under all circumstances and we once again call on security forces to end these deadly attacks against protesters immediately.'

The charity also said that security forces have reportedly occupied more than 60 schools and university campuses across the country.

In at least one incident, security forces reportedly beat two teachers while entering premises, and left several others injured.

Myanmar's junta on Tuesday defended its seven-week crackdown that has left more than 260 democracy protesters dead, insisting it would not tolerate 'anarchy'.

The junta has unleashed deadly violence as it struggles to quell nationwide protests against the February 1 ousting of civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

In a news conference in the capital Naypyidaw, junta spokesman Brigadier General Zaw Min Tun put the death toll lower at 164.

'I am sad because these violent terrorist people who died are our nationals,' he said.

he streets of towns and cities across the country have seen chaotic scenes for weeks as security forces clash with protesters demanding the restoration of democracy and the release of Suu Kyi.

The authorities have used tear gas, rubber bullets and live rounds to disperse protests, prompting a senior UN rights expert to warn they may be committing 'crimes against humanity'.

But despite widespread international condemnation, Zaw Min Tun defended the response, saying that the security forces were dealing with 'insurgents holding weapons' and five police and four soldiers had been killed.

'We have to crack down on the anarchy. Which countries in the world accept anarchy?' he said.

Despite the bloodshed, protesters took to the streets again on Tuesday, staging dawn demonstrations in parts of the commercial capital Yangon.

As well as breaking up protests, the military has sought to stem the flow of news about the crackdown, banning several local media outlets and arresting dozens of journalists.

Mobile data networks are suspended and Zaw Min Tun said there were presently no plans to restore them.

Suu Kyi, not seen in public since being detained on February 1, is facing several criminal charges as well as allegations of accepting illegal payments of gold and cash.

Sean Turnell, an Australian adviser to the 75-year-old Nobel laureate, is being investigated under immigration and state secrets laws, the junta spokesman announced Tuesday.

Turnell, an economist and university professor, was the first foreign national arrested following the coup.

At a news conference in the capital Naypyitaw, the military presented a video of a former political colleague of ousted Aung San Suu Kyi claiming he had handed over large amounts of cash and gold to her personally, in what the military has characterised as corruption.

Such allegations were previously denied by her lawyer.

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