Myanmar anti-coup protesters launch “Easter egg strike”


Yangon, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar’s anti-coup demonstrators are good at finding themes that connect national protests and went out to the streets on Sunday with eggs painted in favor of Easter.

In Yangon’s largest city, a group marched through the Insane district, singing, singing and hugging eggs in protest with the slogan “Spring Revolution.” Many of the eggs also had a picture of a three-finger salute, a symbol of resistance to the February 1st coup.

In Mandalay, the country’s second-largest city, protesters flocked to the bike at dawn to cry out for rebellion against overthrowing a democratically elected government.

According to the Independent Political Prisoners Assistance Association, the Myanmar military cracked down on opposition protesters and others, with the latest civilian deaths after the coup of 557. More than 2,750 people were sentenced to detention or sentence, according to the group.

Sunday’s so-called “Easter egg strike” continues on other themed days. It included a “flower strike” in which protesters bloomed in public places to honor those killed by security forces, and a “silent strike” in which people across the country abandoned the streets.

Security forces continued to spread fear among the general public. Residents of Yangon recorded a video of a group of soldiers and police using slingshots to shoot stones into the windows of their homes overnight, breaking the silence of the night. Soldiers and police also attack and intimidate the neighborhood at night, while screaming for abuse, shooting randomly, arresting, and destroying property.

On Saturday, police fired to kill several protesters in Monywa and elsewhere in central Myanmar.

Most of Internet access is blocked or severely restricted by military junta, making it increasingly difficult for Myanmar people to deliver images of their plight to the outside world.

After weeks of nighttime internet outages, Friday’s military blocked all links except those that used fiber optic cables that were operating at significantly slower speeds. On Sunday, access to mobile networks and all wireless (a cheap option used by most people in developing countries) remained blocked.

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