May 18, 2021 - World

Death toll in Myanmar military's crackdown surpasses 800

 Protesters make the three-finger salute during a demonstration against the military coup in Yangon on May 15

Protesters make three-finger salutes during a demonstration against Myanmar's military coup in Yangon on Saturday. Photo: STR/AFP via Getty Images

Security forces have killed at least 802 activists in Myanmar since the military took power in a Feb. 1 coup, the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPI) monitoring group announced Tuesday.

The big picture: Some 4,120 activists have now been arrested, charged or sentenced in the military's continued crackdown on protesters, the AAPI said. The army has in recent days been fighting militias in the Indian border state of Chin, where martial law was declared, Reuters reports.

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