Thousands of people took to the streets in Myanmar to protest the military coup and demanded the release of elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
“We don’t want military dictatorship. We want democracy,” the crowds chanted in the main city, Yangon. Rallies were held in more than a dozen other cities.
Immediately following the coup, there was a blackout of Internet access but that has now been restored.
The army has remained silent amid the street protests and growing opposition but could react viciously in coming days.
The military has charged election fraud without any form of evidence and consequently seized power following a democratically held November election.
The military junta has also declared a year-long state of emergency and have been hunkered down in the capital, Nay Pyi Daw.
Ms. Suu Kyi and senior leaders of her National League for Democracy Party (NLD), including President Win Myint, have all been put under house arrest.
Sunday’s protests in Yangon have been dubbed the biggest since the so-called Saffron Revolution in 2007, when thousands of the country’s monks rose up against the military regime.
Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Contributor
Edited by Jesus Chan
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