Myanmar: Fresh protests break out in Yangon demanding release of Aung San Suu Kyi
Demanding the release of National League for Democracy (NLD) leader Aung San Suu Kyi, thousands of people went into second protest in Myanmar’s commercial capital, Yangon, on Sunday.
Protestors were seen shouting for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and holding up the three finger salute that has come to symbolise a civil disobedience movement.
“In Yangon, police have blocked University Avenue Road leading to Hledan, where anti-coup protesters took to the streets,” The Irrawaddy wrote in a tweet.
Myanmar went into its second nationwide internet shutdown in a week’s time on Saturday after the military seized power and arrested the Southeast Asian country’s civilian leaders.
The military blocked Twitter, Instagram and Facebook until further notice after accusing social media of spreading fake news.
However, some in Myanmar have managed to bypass the blocks, footage, photos of the protests and other news have emerged on Facebook and other media sites like Twitter and Instagram.
Myanmar’s military launched the coup on Monday last week after days of escalating tensions between the government and the military in the aftermath of last November’s general elections.
The military announced a one-year state of emergency in the country, vowing to “take action” against alleged voter fraud during the November 8 general election, which saw Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party won.