Buddhist monkspriests, nuns and even a married couple wedding dress there were thousands of protesters who flooded the streets of Myanmar on Tuesday to protest last week’s military coup, which ended the country’s volatile attempt at democracy.
Police fired water cannons and allegedly used rubber bullets against protesters, Reuters writes.
“Security forces have injured a number of protesters in connection with the current protests, some of them severely” in the UN in Myanmar said in a statement Tuesday, referring to “reports from Nay Pyi Taw, Mandalay and other cities.”
Demonstrators appearing to be Roman Catholic priests they saw nuns in Pathein, 100 miles southwest of Yangon, and the inscriptions “We Need Democracy: Liberate Our Leaders” and “Respect Our Votes”.
The February 1 military coup, which arrested Democratic leader Su Kyi and carried out nationwide internet power outages, met with a resistance movement not seen in Myanmar before the country’s democratic transition in 2011.
“Three fingers are a tiger nail that breaks the dictator’s throat,” youth activist Maung Saungkha wrote in a poem published on his Facebook account on Monday. It was a reference to the three-fingered tribute seen in protests on the streets, schools and even hospital balconies of Myanmar, which was promoted in 2014 at anti-authoritarian demonstrations in Thailand and is probably rooted in the young-adult dystopian “Hunger Games” franchise. .
Police fired guns into the air in Naypyidaw when protesters initially refused the move, a Reuters witness said.
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Protesters in Naypyidaw and Yangon were sprayed with water cannons and responded by throwing plastic bottles at police in assault gear. People wore raincoats as they lined up against security forces in a video posted on social media From Yangon.
“Security forces have a moral and legal obligation to confront illegal orders to use excessive violence against peaceful protesters in Myanmar.” UN Special Rapporteur Tom Andrews wrote about human rights in Myanmar on Twitter.
“The entire chain of command can be held accountable for committing crimes against humanity. “Keeping orders” is not a defense, ”he added Tuesday.
There was a nationwide curfew from 8pm to 4am and a ban on gathering five or more people, according to American Citizen Services In Yangon.
The unrest has sparked fears that Myanmar may return to the authoritarian military regime that has ruled the country for half a century by 2011. Su Kyi, the Nobel Peace Prize winner, was released from house arrest and parliamentary democracy was partially restored.
Since then, Myanmar’s army has retained overall control of the country’s government, despite Suu Kyi’s party, the National League for Democracy, winning two landslide victories. The nation’s democratic transformation came to a sudden halt on February 1 as the National League for Democracy prepared to take office for a second term.
Reuters contributed to the report.
Sara Mhaidli and Xin Chen consented.