Activists said 38 protesters were killed on Sunday, the bloodiest day ever in Myanmar since the military overthrew the government. Security forces opened fire in an area of Yangon, with protesters using sticks and knives. At least 21 people have been reported dead in Yangon, while more deaths and injuries have been reported in other parts of Myanmar, which death toll rose to 38. The death toll in the Hlaing Tharyar area of Yangon is likely to rise as dozens of people are injured by bullets, said medical staff. The military has declared martial law in the area after Chinese businesses were attacked.
Protesters believed China is providing support to the Myanmar military. Military leaders have arrested the country’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi after her party won a landslide victory in last year’s election, while the military has accused the election of widespread fraud.