- Tens of hundreds take to the streets to protest Myanmar coup
- As per estimates, 100,000 come out on the streets in Yangon
- Some protesters handed out roses to policemen
Tens of hundreds of individuals took to the streets in Yangon on Sunday within the greatest rally staged in opposition to the coup in Myanmar, giving rise to the notion that the nation’s web blockade has didn’t thwart anger among the many plenty in opposition to the nation’s navy.
Some estimates put the variety of protesters in Yangon at 100,000 and there have been stories of enormous demonstrations in different cities, with rallies condemning the coup that introduced Myanmar’s 10-year experiment with democracy to a crashing halt.
Backed by a din of automobile horns, chanting protesters in Yangon held up banners saying “Justice for Myanmar”, whereas others waved the signature purple flags of Suu Kyi’s Nationwide League for Democracy (NLD) celebration as they marched to Metropolis Corridor.
“I completely despise the military coup and I am not afraid of a crackdown,” mentioned Kyi Phyu Kyaw, a 20-year-old college scholar.
“I will join every day until Amay Suu (Mother Suu) is freed.”
Police with riot shields blocked the trail of the protesters at a number of factors within the metropolis, however an enormous crowd was capable of collect close to Yangon Metropolis Corridor with none clashes.
Some protesters handed out roses to policemen.
Many flashed the three-finger salute impressed by the “Hunger Games” movies, which grew to become an emblem of resistance throughout the pro-democracy protests in Thailand final yr.
“We will fight until the end,” mentioned Ye Kyaw, an 18-year-old economics scholar.
“The next generation can have democracy if we end this military dictatorship.”
The surge in fashionable dissent over the weekend overcame a nationwide web blockade, related in magnitude to an earlier shutdown that coincided with the arrest of Suu Kyi and different senior leaders on Monday.
Monitoring service NetBlocks mentioned web entry was partially restored on some cellular networks in Myanmar Sunday afternoon, however social media platforms remained blocked and it was unclear how lengthy the connectivity would final.
On-line calls to protest have prompted daring shows of defiance, together with the nightly deafening clamour of individuals banging pots and pans — a apply historically related to driving out evil spirits.
The UN Human Rights workplace has mentioned Myanmar authorities “must ensure the right to peaceful assembly is fully respected and demonstrators are not subjected to reprisals.”
There have been additionally protests in Mandalay, Myanmar´s second-largest metropolis, and Mawlamyine.