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March 27, 2021The toll of the violent repression of the new protests against the coup in Myanmar, on the occasion of the Day of the Armed Forces, has risen to at least 50 dead, according to Reuters.

Protesters took to the streets in Yangon, Lashio, Mandalay, Kyaukpadaung and Kyeikhto.

Most of the victims were killed by gunfire from police and military.

Other sources speak of 20 victims according to reports from witnesses and local media.

General Min Aung Hlaing, head of the junta in Myanmar, promised to "protect democracy".

Min Aung Hlaing spoke on Burmese TV on Armed Forces Day and, according to the BBC, returned to promise new elections without indicating a date, while state TV yesterday warned the population stating that "they should learn from the tragedy of previous bad deaths and understand that there is a risk of being hit in the head and back. "