The death toll from Myanmar’s February 1 coup has topped 1,000 on Wednesday.
News agency Reuters reported the information, citing the sources of Assistance Association of Political Prisoners (AAPP), an activist group that has been recording killings by security forces.
Tate Naing, an AAPP secretary, told Reuters that 1,001 innocent people have been killed. “The actual number of victims is much higher,” he said.
Meanwhile, mentioning the AAPP figures as “exaggerated”, a spokesman for the ruling junta said “scores of members” of the security forces have been killed. The AAPP does not include them in its count.
The Southeast Asian country has been involved in chaos since the coup with continuous daily protests and widespread strikes which severely damaged the economy.
The Myanmar army overthrew elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi on February 1 this year, alleging irregularities in the parliamentary elections in November 2020 where National League for Democracy (NLD) party bagged victory by a huge margin.
The military authorities say their seizure of power should not be called “a coup” because it was in line with the constitution.