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Myanmar Anti-Junta Protests Continue 3 Months Into Coup

By VOA News May 01, 2021

Anti-junta demonstrators in Myanmar took to the streets again Saturday three months after a coup spelled the end of the country's transition to democracy.

Explosions were reported by local media throughout the country's largest city of Yangon as protesters marched for democracy in defiance of the military government, which seized power on February 1.

No casualties were reported nor were there any immediate claims of responsibility.

Demonstrators also rallied in Myanmar's second-largest city of Mandalay and the southern town of Dawei, according to local media reports.

Protesters are demanding the return of the civilian government that led 10 years of democratic reforms under the watch of Aung San Suu Kyi.

In a campaign to quell the protests, the government has killed at least 759 anti-coup demonstrators and bystanders since the takeover, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, which tracks casualties and arrests.

When the military removed Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy government, it detained her and President Win Myint and imposed martial law across Myanmar.

Suu Kyi led Myanmar since its first open democratic election in 2015, but Myanmar's military contested last November's election results, claiming widespread electoral fraud, largely without evidence.

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