The death toll since the coup in Myanmar is 1,000, the activist group says

A spokesman for the ruling junta did not respond to a call for comment. The military authorities have previously said that the AAPP figures, which are widely cited by international organizations, are exaggerated.

The army has also said lots of members of the security forces have been killed. AAPP does not include them in its census.

“According to AAPP records, 1,001 innocent people have been killed,” AAPP secretary Tate Naing told Reuters on Wednesday. “The actual number of victims is much higher.”

Security forces have also reportedly detained thousands of people during the ongoing attack with extensive reports of torture.

The Southeast Asian country has sunk into chaos since the coup, with protests continuing daily, riots flaring in border areas and extensive strikes that have severely damaged the economy.

A serious Covid-19 wave also destroys large parts of the country, with people queuing for hours for oxygen in major cities and seriously ill dying at home because they are too scared to visit understaffed, poorly equipped hospitals.

The army overthrew the elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who claimed irregularities in an election swept by her National League for Democracy party in November 2020. The then Electoral Commission and international observers said the army’s accusations were false.

The military authorities say their takeover should not be called a coup because it was in accordance with the constitution.

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