More than 500 people have died due to the actions of security forces during protests against military rulers in Myanmar, the Association for Aid to Political Prisoners (AAPP) reports Tuesday.
According to AAPP, the deaths of 510 civilians have been confirmed, but the actual death toll is probably much higher.
On Monday, the United States announced that it would suspend the trade agreement with the country due to the violent crackdown by the security forces. Trade Representative Katherine Tai said in a statement that the 2013 Trade and Investment Agreement would not return into force until the country has a democratically elected government.
The US and other Western countries have already introduced a series of sanctions against military junta members and their entourage. Saturday was the deadliest day since the coup d’état on February 1. At least 114 people died, including children.
The army staged a coup almost two months ago and imprisoned democratically elected government leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Since then, residents in the country have been protesting against the takeover and security forces have been cracking down.