(Reuters)-Myanmar’s military rulers wrote messages protesting against Easter eggs on Sunday, while others returned to the streets and confronted security forces. Since the coup on February 1st, a candlelight vigil has killed hundreds of people.
In a series of the latest impromptu rebellion, messages such as “We must win”
Regarding the Association for the Assistance of Political Prisoners (AAPP), a militant group that monitors casualties and arrests because the military overthrew the elected government of Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, the number of deaths has risen to 557, Saturday night.
The organization said, “People across Myanmar continue to end the dictatorship for democracy and human rights.”
Despite the killings, after ten years of democratic tentative steps, protesters continue to appear in cities and towns every day to refuse the restoration of military rule. Many candlelight vigils were held on Saturday night.
According to images on social media, hundreds of people protested in Mandalay, the country’s second city, before the police and soldiers entered to disperse them. Some of them walked and others rode motorcycles.
Protesters also gathered in several other towns.
There are currently no reports of violence.
Spokespersons for the police and military government did not answer the phone for comment.
Opponents of military rule also launched a civil disobedience movement. They often organized creative protest demonstrations, which expanded to eggs on Easter Sunday.
AAPP said that 2,658 people were detained, including four women and one man. They talked to the visiting CNN news team during an interview on the streets of Yangon’s main city last week.
A CNN spokesperson said that they have been aware of reports that the team was detained after the visit.
The spokesperson said: “We are urging the authorities to provide information on this matter and safely release any detainees.”
The military is launching its own campaign to control information and stifle dissidents.
It ordered Internet providers to cut wireless broadband starting on Friday, depriving most customers of access, even though some messages and pictures are still being published and shared.
The authorities also issued arrest warrants for nearly 40 celebrities known for their opposition to military rule, under a law prohibiting incitement to dissent, including social media influencers, singers and models.
The state media announced the allegation in the main evening news bulletin on Friday and Saturday, punishable by three years in prison.
One of the alleged bloggers, ThurHlaing Win, told Reuters that he was shocked to see that he was labeled as a criminal on TV and had been hidden.
“I didn’t do anything bad or bad. I stood on the side of the truth. I followed the path I believed in. Between good and evil, I chose good.
“If I am punished for this, my conscience is clear. My beliefs will not change. Everyone knows the truth.”
After the military seized power in a coup in 1962, it ruled the former British colony with an iron fist until it began to withdraw from civil politics a decade ago, exempting Suu Kyi from years of house arrest and allowing her party to sweep the election in 2015.
It said it must dismiss Suu Kyi’s government because it rigged the November election and was again easily won by her party. The Election Commission rejected this claim.
Many people in Myanmar, especially young adults who have grown up during the socio-economic opening of the past decade, cannot accept the return of the generals.
Suu Kyi faces detention and may face charges of 14 years in prison. Her lawyer said the charges were overturned.
The coup also triggered conflicts with ethnic groups seeking autonomy, and ethnic groups announced their support for the democratic movement.
The Karen National Union, which signed the ceasefire agreement in 2012, witnessed the first military airstrike by its forces in more than 20 years, and said it must fight to defend itself from the government.
The organization said that more than 12,000 villagers fled their homes due to air strikes.
Fighting between the northern army and Kachin insurgents has also intensified. The unrest caused thousands of refugees to flee to Thailand and India.
Suu Kyi’s party has vowed to establish a federal democracy, which is the main demand of minority groups.
Reporting by Reuters staff; Written by Robert Birsel; Edited by William Mallard and Kenneth Maxwell