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Myanmar protests: Thousands demand Aung San Suu Kyi's release

DW, 07 Feb 2021
Tens of thousands of people continue to protest in Myanmar after a military coup almost a week ago. The internet has been now restored after being cut for more than 24 hours -- but no one knows for how long. The protesters are demanding the release of the country's detained elected leader, Aung San Suu Kyi.
Protestors are back on the streets of Yangon for a second day. Thousands marching against the military coup in Myanmar.
They used the three-finger salute to signify their rebellion. And carried banners demanding the release of elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi. They say they had no choice but to take to the streets - in support of democracy and against what they see as injustice.
The red flag is that of Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy or the NLD. Army chief Min Aung Hlaing seized power on Monday, alleging fraud in the election held on the 8th of November. That vote resulted in a landslide win for the NLD. The country's electoral commission dismisses the army's accusations.
Footage of Sunday's protest surged on social media despite the country battling internet blackouts. The images showed demonstrators out in large numbers - some even facing off against secret police and military there to observe the marchers. Many protesters say they are determined to show they will not be intimidated.
So far protests across the country have been largely peaceful. However gunshots were heard in the southeast town of Myawaddy where uniformed police with guns charged a group of a couple of hundred protesters. There was no immediate report of casualties, but concerns are high that the unprecedented level of civil disobedience in Myanmar could soon cause a stronger military response.


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