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Thousands Join Protests in Myanmar's Yangon After Military Coup, Reports Say

© REUTERS / STRINGERMyanmar Army armored vehicles drive in a street after the military seized power in a coup in Mandalay, Myanmar February 3, 2021.
Myanmar Army armored vehicles drive in a street after the military seized power in a coup in Mandalay, Myanmar February 3, 2021. - Sputnik International, 1920, 06.02.2021
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Several thousand people took to the streets in Myanmar's largest city Yangon on Saturday to participate in the first mass protest against military rule since the recent coup, media reported.

Demonstrations broke out on Saturday morning after the Southeast Asian country went into its second nationwide internet shutdown since the military seized power and arrested civilian leaders on Monday.

According to photographs posted by the news portal Mizzima, police officers in bulletproof vests with riot shields blocked the main roads, while crowds marched flashing a three-finger salute, which has become a symbol of the fight for democracy and was used by Thai and Hong Kong protesters.

© AFP 2022 / MLADEN ANTONOVA protester holds an image of the detained Myanmar civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi during a demonstration condemning the military coup outside the Myanmar embassy in Bangkok on February 4, 2021, days after Myanmar's security forces detained Suu Kyi and the country's president.
Thousands Join Protests in Myanmar's Yangon After Military Coup, Reports Say - Sputnik International, 1920, 06.02.2021
A protester holds an image of the detained Myanmar civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi during a demonstration condemning the military coup outside the Myanmar embassy in Bangkok on February 4, 2021, days after Myanmar's security forces detained Suu Kyi and the country's president.

Demonstrators were also wearing red, the colour of the National League for Democracy, whose government was overthrown by the military.

© REUTERS / Dawei WatchPeople on motorcycles raise a three-finger salute as take part in a protest against the military coup, in Dawei, Myanmar February 5, 2021 in this picture obtained from social media. Dawei Watch/via REUTERS
Thousands Join Protests in Myanmar's Yangon After Military Coup, Reports Say - Sputnik International, 1920, 06.02.2021
People on motorcycles raise a three-finger salute as take part in a protest against the military coup, in Dawei, Myanmar February 5, 2021 in this picture obtained from social media. Dawei Watch/via REUTERS

The portal added that hundreds of people were detained during the protests, while the news website Frontier reported that the demonstrations were peaceful and police officers were inactive.

Myanmar's military overthrew the government on Monday and declared a year-long state of emergency after accusing State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi's party of fraud over its recent election victory.

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