Describing Wednesday as the "bloodiest day" since the military coup began, the UN's envoy to Myanmar said at least 38 protesters were killed in the country.
"Today was the bloodiest day since the coup happened on the 1st of February. We had today, only today, 38 people died. We have now more than over 50 people died since the coup started and many are wounded."
Despite growing international condemnation,.. the military is continuing to escalate its response to the protests.
According to Reuters, security forces opened fire in several towns and cities with little warning.
At least two of Wednesday's victims were said to have been teenagers.
Videos also showed security forces firing slingshots at protesters, and even brutally beating an ambulance crew.
Police have also fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse crowds.
Over a thousand protesters are also known to have been detained and their whereabouts remain unknown.
"All together we have around 1,200 people are now detained and many families don't know where their members of the families are detained, if they are healthy or not. So how can we watch this situation longer?"
While the military's escalation has led to increased diplomatic efforts to resolve the crisis, so far countries have only imposed sanctions on military officials.
However, watchers say Wednesday's events could trigger a turning point in the dynamic.
Lee Seung-jae, Arirang News.