Mar 01, 2021 14:30 UTC
  • Myanmar protesters march again after bloodiest day of coup unrest

Anti-coup protesters have taken to the streets across Myanmar following the deadliest day of a brutal military crackdown, which has drawn strong international condemnation.

Protesters marched on Monday in defiance of the crackdown by junta forces that killed at least 18 people a day earlier.

Security forces equipped with water cannon and military vehicles were mobilized at protest hotspots in Yangon, Myanmar's largest city, where the military opened fire on protesters the day before.

Along one road in Yangon, demonstrators taped to the ground hundreds of pictures of junta Leader Min Aung Hlaing, bearing the words “shame on you, dictator, we will never forgive you.”

Demonstrators also marched in Kale, in northwest Myanmar, holding up pictures of ousted Leader Aung San Suu Kyi and demanding the restoration of the elected government. “Democracy, our cause, our cause,” they chanted.

In Lashio, Shan State, demonstrators were shown in a live video on Facebook chanting while police forces marched towards them.

The protesters, who have been on the streets for almost a month to oppose the military takeover, called for further international condemnation of the brutal crackdown.

“It has been one month since the coup. They cracked down on us with shootings yesterday. We will come out today again,” Ei Thinzar Maung, a prominent protest leader, said in a post on Facebook.