Myanmar Easter Eggs Become Symbols of Pro-Democracy Protests

Cornelia Mascio
Aprile 6, 2021

There, they were approached by residents who wished to be interviewed, including two women flashing the three-finger salute, which has become a symbol of the protest movement against the military junta.

At dawn in Mandalay, the country's second largest city, demonstrators gathered on motorbikes to shout protests against the power grab that overthrew the democratically elected government.

A total of 557 people have been killed in coup-related violence since February 1 as of Saturday, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, a monitoring group.

More than 2750 have been detained or sentenced, the group said.

Sunday's so-called "Easter Egg Strike" follows other themed days.

Young people in the main city of Yangon handed out eggs bearing the protest messages but their "Easter Egg Strike" met with resistance from security forces, who shot and killed at least three men.

CNN is the first global media organization to be given permission to enter the Southeast Asian nation since the military unseated the civilian government in a coup on February 1 and began waging a brutal clampdown on pro-democracy protesters, which has left more than 550 people dead, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, an advocacy group based in neighboring Thailand.

Security forces continued to spread fear among ordinary citizens. At other times, soldiers and police keep up their intimidation at night with raids on neighbourhoods, during which they shout abuse, shoot at random, make arrests and vandalize property.

With most of the internet access cut or severely restricted by the junta, it is becoming increasingly hard for people in Myanmar to get images of their plight to the outside world. Access to mobile networks and all wireless - the less costly options used by most people in the developing country - remained blocked on Sunday.

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