Thousands of people gather Myanmar streets for second day of protests

Thousands of people gather Myanmar streets for second day of protests
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Daily US Times: Thousands of people have gathered in the streets of Myanmar’s main city, Yangon, for a second day of mass protests over the military takeover of nearly a week ago.

Men and women, many of them young, held up pictures of Aung San Suu Kyi and wore red, the colour of her National League for Democracy (NLD) party.

“Respect our vote,” read one banner in reference to the NLD landslide win in November’s election.

The military shut down the country’s internet connections on Saturday.

Yet people have still been finding ways to get videos and images of the protests out.

Many demonstrators in the streets gave the three-fingered symbol-of-protest salute and held red balloons, while buses and cars slowed to sound their horns in support.

One protester, Myo Win, 37, told the AFP news agency, said: “We will move forward and keep demanding until we get democracy.”

Police officers and police trucks in riot gear were stationed on the streets near Yangon University.

So far the Myanmar military authorities are not stopping this show of mass defiance, but everyone assumes they will try before long.

On Sunday, smaller demonstrations were also reported in Mawlamine and Mandalay.

Elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi, President Win Myint and other senior leaders of NLD have been under house arrest since the military took control of government on 1 February and declared a year-long state of emergency.

The military coup took place as a new session of parliament was set to open, following the November election in which the NLD party won 80% seats of the parliament.

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