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Myanmar protesters raise voices to shake the world

International desk || shiningbd

Published: 19:47, 2 May 2021  
Myanmar protesters raise voices to shake the world

Thousands of protesters were out early in Myanmar cities on Sunday, marching to oppose military rule more than three months after a coup that brought a halt to democratic reform and economic growth and ushered in turmoil.

The protests, which the military has been unable to stop with lethal suppression, were on Sunday coordinated with expatriate communities around the world to mark what organisers called "the global Myanmar spring revolution".

"Shake the world with the voice of Myanmar people's unity," organisers said in a statement.

There were no immediate reports of violence at the rallies.

The protests are only one of the problems the generals have brought on with their Feb 1 ouster of an elected government led by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.

Wars with ethnic minority insurgents in remote frontier regions in the north and east have intensified significantly over the past three months, displacing tens of thousands of civilians, according to UN estimates.

In some places, civilians with makeshift weapons have battled security forces while in central areas military and government facilities that have been secure for generations have been rocked by rocket attacks and a wave of small, unexplained blasts.

The state-run broadcaster in its main Saturday evening news bulletin gave details of at least 11 explosions over the previous 36 hours, most in the main city of Yangon. It reported some damage but no casualties.

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