Army action fails to deter protesters in Myanmar

Facebook removes main page of junta

Army action fails to deter protesters in Myanmar

A massive gathering at the funeral of a woman protester who was shot by police during a stir in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. REUTERS

Naypyitaw, February 21

Huge crowds marched in Myanmar on Sunday to denounce the February 1 military coup in a show of defiance after the bloodiest episode of the campaign for democracy the previous day, when security forces fired on protesters, killing two.

The military has been unable to quell the demonstrations and a civil disobedience campaign of strikes against the coup and the detention of elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi and others, even with a promise of new elections and stern warnings against dissent.

Meanwhile, Facebook has taken down the main page of Myanmar military.

Tens of thousands of people massed peacefully in the second city of Mandalay, where Saturday’s killings took place, witnesses said. In Yangon, thousands of mostly young people gathered at different sites to chant slogans and sing. — Reuters

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