The Myanmar community in Jacksonville is responding to the mounting violence in their homeland

A bloody and horrific weekend of violence in Myanmar puts thousands of Jacksonville residents off-guard. The violence killed at least 114 people, including many children

An estimated 10,000 from the greater Jacksonville area have emigrated from the Southeast Asian country. They said it was difficult to see.

Many of the pictures are too vivid to see, as the security forces in Myanmar are believed to have killed well over 100 people during nationwide protests against a military coup.

Daniel Hliang and Dr. Win Aung who is president of the Florida Myanmar Democratic Movement. They both live in Jacksonville, along with thousands of residents originally from the land that was formerly called Burma.

“I can’t even express the pain and suffering, not even from here for our people in Myanmar,” said Hliang.

“It is a unilateral slaughter of people at random with a peaceful demonstration,” said Aung. “Most importantly, and most troubling, we’ve seen them kill the kids lately. 5 year olds, 2 year olds. Why? Why are they killing their own innocents? “

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While the images we saw on the news are hard to see, they said that this is only a small fraction of some of the images that are being circulated.

“You know, we get these video streams almost in real time of what these very tech-savvy kids have in front of them. We were bombarded with all these horrific scenes almost every day and sometimes we can’t sleep, ”said Hliang.

This is due to a military takeover in early February and massive protests against democracy that have broken out. Unfortunately, the violence is unlikely to end anytime soon this weekend as these locals look back sadly on their homeland.

One estimate shows that around 459 people have been killed since the military takeover on February 1. UN human rights experts accuse the armed forces of mass murder and call on the international community to step in and stop the violence.

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