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The lethal crackdown came on Armed Forces Day. Senior General

Security forces killed more than 90 people across Myanmar on Saturday in one of the bloodiest days of protests since a military coup last month, news reports and witnesses said.

The lethal crackdown came on Armed Forces Day. Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, the junta leader, said during a parade in the capital Naypyitaw to mark the event that the military would protect the people and strive for democracy.
State television had said on Friday that protesters risked being shot “in the head and back.” Despite this, demonstrators against the February 1 coup came out on the streets of Yangon, Mandalay and other towns.
The Myanmar Now news portal said 91 people were killed across the country by security forces.
Thida Hnin cries during the funeral of her husband, Thet Naing Win, in Mandalay on February 23. He and another protester <a href=”https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/20/asia/myanmar-police-protestors-reports-shooting-intl/index.html” target=”_blank”>were fatally shot by security forces</a> during an anti-coup protest.
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Thida Hnin cries during the funeral of her husband, Thet Naing Win, in Mandalay on February 23. He and another protester were fatally shot by security forces during an anti-coup protest.
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Police stand guard near the US Embassy in Yangon as protesters take part in an anti-coup demonstration on February 22.
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Police stand guard near the US Embassy in Yangon as protesters take part in an anti-coup demonstration on February 22.
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Protesters hold signs featuring civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi during a demonstration in Yangon on February 22.
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Protesters hold signs featuring civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi during a demonstration in Yangon on February 22.
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Protesters gather for a demonstration on February 22.
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Protesters gather for a demonstration on February 22.
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A man is carried after police dispersed protesters in Mandalay on February 20.
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A man is carried after police dispersed protesters in Mandalay on February 20.
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A police truck uses a water cannon to disperse protesters in Mandalay on February 20.
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A police truck uses a water cannon to disperse protesters in Mandalay on February 20.
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A police officer aims a gun toward protesters during a demonstration in Mandalay on February 20.
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A police officer aims a gun toward protesters during a demonstration in Mandalay on February 20.
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A protester holds a Suu Kyi poster as he sits in front of police in Yangon on February 19.
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A protester holds a Suu Kyi poster as he sits in front of police in Yangon on February 19.
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Protesters flash the three-fingered salute during a rally in downtown Yangon on February 19.
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Protesters flash the three-fingered salute during a rally in downtown Yangon on February 19.
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Flower tributes and sympathy messages are left in Yangon for <a href=”https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/19/asia/myanmar-protester-shot-dies-intl-hnk/index.html” target=”_blank”>Mya Thweh Thweh Khine.</a> The 20-year-old was shot in the head at a protest in Naypyidaw, and she died on February 19.
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Flower tributes and sympathy messages are left in Yangon for Mya Thweh Thweh Khine. The 20-year-old was shot in the head at a protest in Naypyidaw, and she died on February 19.
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Protesters block a major road during a demonstration in Yangon on February 17.
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Protesters block a major road during a demonstration in Yangon on February 17.
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Demonstrators block a Yangon bridge with their cars on February 17.
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Demonstrators block a Yangon bridge with their cars on February 17.
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Buddhist monks march during an anti-coup protest in Yangon on February 16.
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Buddhist monks march during an anti-coup protest in Yangon on February 16.
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A Suu Kyi banner is displayed during demonstrations in Yangon on February 15.
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A Suu Kyi banner is displayed during demonstrations in Yangon on February 15.
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Soldiers carry barricades in Yangon on February 15.
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Soldiers carry barricades in Yangon on February 15.
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Elected members of Parliament wave to protesters in Yangon as police surround the headquarters of Suu Kyi’s political party, the National League for Democracy, on February 15.
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Elected members of Parliament wave to protesters in Yangon as police surround the headquarters of Suu Kyi’s political party, the National League for Democracy, on February 15.
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Medics clear the way as an injured protester is carried away for treatment in Mandalay, Myanmar, on February 15.
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Medics clear the way as an injured protester is carried away for treatment in Mandalay, Myanmar, on February 15.
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People gather around an armored vehicle in Yangon on February 14.
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People gather around an armored vehicle in Yangon on February 14.
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Young people in Yangon take part in an anti-coup hip-hop performance on February 14.
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Young people in Yangon take part in an anti-coup hip-hop performance on February 14.
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Protesters demonstrate in Yangon on February 14.
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Protesters demonstrate in Yangon on February 14.
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A child runs alongside an armored vehicle in Yangon on February 14.
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A child runs alongside an armored vehicle in Yangon on February 14.
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Protesters march through the city of Shwebo on February 13.
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Protesters march through the city of Shwebo on February 13.
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Members of the Myanmar Photographers Association hold up their cameras as they call for Suu Kyi’s release on February 13.
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Members of the Myanmar Photographers Association hold up their cameras as they call for Suu Kyi’s release on February 13.
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Police detain a protester during a demonstration in Mawlamyine on February 12.
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Police detain a protester during a demonstration in Mawlamyine on February 12.
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Farmers ride a tractor with a Suu Kyi poster during a demonstration in Thongwa on February 12.
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Farmers ride a tractor with a Suu Kyi poster during a demonstration in Thongwa on February 12.
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A protester dressed as Lady Justice makes a three-finger salute as she takes part in a demonstration in Yangon on February 11.
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A protester dressed as Lady Justice makes a three-finger salute as she takes part in a demonstration in Yangon on February 11.
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Protesters demonstrate in Bagan, a UNESCO World Heritage site, on February 11.
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Protesters demonstrate in Bagan, a UNESCO World Heritage site, on February 11.
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Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, the country’s military leader, makes a televised statement on February 11. He announced that<a href=”https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/12/asia/myanmar-prisoner-release-intl-hnk/index.html” target=”_blank”> more than 23,000 prisoners were set to be granted amnesty and released that day.</a> It was unclear what offenses the prisoners were convicted of.
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Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, the country’s military leader, makes a televised statement on February 11. He announced that more than 23,000 prisoners were set to be granted amnesty and released that day. It was unclear what offenses the prisoners were convicted of.
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Bodybuilders take part in a protest in Yangon on February 11.
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Bodybuilders take part in a protest in Yangon on February 11.
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People hold up letters that spell “get out dictators” during a demonstration at Inle Lake on February 11.
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People hold up letters that spell “get out dictators” during a demonstration at Inle Lake on February 11.
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A protester carries a child during a march in Yangon on February 10.
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A protester carries a child during a march in Yangon on February 10.
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Women in wedding gowns holds up anti-coup placards in Yangon on February 10.
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Women in wedding gowns holds up anti-coup placards in Yangon on February 10.
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A police officer aims a gun during clashes with protesters in the capital of Naypyidaw on February 9.
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A police officer aims a gun during clashes with protesters in the capital of Naypyidaw on February 9.
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A protester pleads for police to refrain from using tear gas against demonstrators in Yangon on February 9.
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A protester pleads for police to refrain from using tear gas against demonstrators in Yangon on February 9.
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Police fire water cannons at protesters in Naypyidaw on February 9.
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Police fire water cannons at protesters in Naypyidaw on February 9.
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Protesters gather in Yangon on February 8.
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Protesters gather in Yangon on February 8.
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Protesters flash three-fingered salutes as they face rows of riot police in Naypyidaw on February 8.
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Protesters flash three-fingered salutes as they face rows of riot police in Naypyidaw on February 8.
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Hospital workers show three-finger salutes during a demonstration in Yangon on February 7.
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Hospital workers show three-finger salutes during a demonstration in Yangon on February 7.
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A rally takes place in Yangon on February 7.
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A rally takes place in Yangon on February 7.
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Protesters shout slogans in Yangon on February 7.
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Protesters shout slogans in Yangon on February 7.
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Protesters give roses to riot police in Yangon on February 6.
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Protesters give roses to riot police in Yangon on February 6.
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Yangon residents bang objects to show support for Suu Kyi and her party on February 5.
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Yangon residents bang objects to show support for Suu Kyi and her party on February 5.
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Soldiers block a road near Myanmar’s Parliament on February 2, a day after the coup.
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Soldiers block a road near Myanmar’s Parliament on February 2, a day after the coup.
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Anti-coup protesters gesture during a march in Yangon, Myanmar, on Friday, March 26.
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Anti-coup protesters gesture during a march in Yangon, Myanmar, on Friday, March 26.
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Men pray during the funeral of Khin Myo Chit, a 7-year-old girl <a href=”https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/24/asia/myanmar-protests-7-year-old-killed-intl-hnk/index.html” target=”_blank”>who was shot in her home</a> by Myanmar’s security forces on Tuesday, March 23. The girl was killed during a military raid, according to the Reuters news agency and the advocacy group Assistance Association for Political Prisoners.
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Men pray during the funeral of Khin Myo Chit, a 7-year-old girl who was shot in her home by Myanmar’s security forces on Tuesday, March 23. The girl was killed during a military raid, according to the Reuters news agency and the advocacy group Assistance Association for Political Prisoners.
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Thein Zaw, a journalist with the Associated Press, waves after being <a href=”https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/24/media/ap-journalist-myanmar/index.html” target=”_blank”>released from a prison</a> in Yangon on March 24. He was detained last month while covering an anti-coup protest.
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Thein Zaw, a journalist with the Associated Press, waves after being released from a prison in Yangon on March 24. He was detained last month while covering an anti-coup protest.
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A Buddhist monk uses binoculars as he squats behind a road barricade with others in Mandalay, Myanmar, on Monday, March 22.
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A Buddhist monk uses binoculars as he squats behind a road barricade with others in Mandalay, Myanmar, on Monday, March 22.
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The mother of Aung Kaung Htet wails during the teenage boy’s funeral on Sunday, March 21. Aung, 15, was killed when military junta forces opened fire on anti-coup protesters in Yangon.
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The mother of Aung Kaung Htet wails during the teenage boy’s funeral on Sunday, March 21. Aung, 15, was killed when military junta forces opened fire on anti-coup protesters in Yangon.
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Unidentified people cross the Tiau River at the India-Myanmar border on Saturday, March 20. Some people from Myanmar <a href=”https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/11/asia/myanmar-india-mizoram-intl-hnk/index.html” target=”_blank”>have sought refuge in India</a> since the protests began.
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Unidentified people cross the Tiau River at the India-Myanmar border on Saturday, March 20. Some people from Myanmar have sought refuge in India since the protests began.
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An anti-coup protester jumps over a makeshift barricade in Yangon on March 19.
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An anti-coup protester jumps over a makeshift barricade in Yangon on March 19.
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Protesters take positions on Yangon’s Bayint Naung Bridge on March 17. The bridge was blocked with an improvised barricade to prevent security forces from crossing.
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Protesters take positions on Yangon’s Bayint Naung Bridge on March 17. The bridge was blocked with an improvised barricade to prevent security forces from crossing.
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Medical students hold up the <a href=”https://www.cnn.com/2014/11/20/world/asia/thailand-hunger-games-salute/index.html” target=”_blank”>three-finger salute</a> at the Yangon funeral of Khant Nyar Hein on March 16. The first-year medical student was fatally shot during the crackdown.
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Medical students hold up the three-finger salute at the Yangon funeral of Khant Nyar Hein on March 16. The first-year medical student was fatally shot during the crackdown.
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Protesters test Molotov cocktails in Yangon on March 16.
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Protesters test Molotov cocktails in Yangon on March 16.
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Protesters stand near burning tires in Yangon on March 16.
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Protesters stand near burning tires in Yangon on March 16.
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Anti-coup protesters pray in Yangon on March 14.
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Anti-coup protesters pray in Yangon on March 14.
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Emergency workers transport the body of Shel Ye Win, who was shot by security forces in Mandalay.
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Emergency workers transport the body of Shel Ye Win, who was shot by security forces in Mandalay.
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Smoke billows from the industrial zone of the Hlaing Tharyar township in Yangon on March 14. The Chinese Embassy in Myanmar said several <a href=”https://edition.cnn.com/2021/03/15/asia/myanmar-deaths-chinese-factories-intl-hnk/index.html” target=”_blank”>Chinese-funded factories were set ablaze</a> during protests. Demonstrators have accused Beijing of supporting the coup and junta.
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Smoke billows from the industrial zone of the Hlaing Tharyar township in Yangon on March 14. The Chinese Embassy in Myanmar said several Chinese-funded factories were set ablaze during protests. Demonstrators have accused Beijing of supporting the coup and junta.
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A member of Myanmar’s police is seen firing a weapon toward protesters in Yangon on March 13.
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A member of Myanmar’s police is seen firing a weapon toward protesters in Yangon on March 13.
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People lay flowers and light candles beside bloodied pavement where protester Chit Min Thu was killed in Yangon.
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People lay flowers and light candles beside bloodied pavement where protester Chit Min Thu was killed in Yangon.
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Military trucks are seen near a burning barricade in Yangon that was erected by protesters and then set on fire by soldiers on March 10.
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Military trucks are seen near a burning barricade in Yangon that was erected by protesters and then set on fire by soldiers on March 10.
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A protester holds a homemade shield during an anti-coup demonstration in Yangon on March 9.
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A protester holds a homemade shield during an anti-coup demonstration in Yangon on March 9.
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A protester discharges a fire extinguisher to counter the impact of tear gas that was fired by police in Yangon on March 8.
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A protester discharges a fire extinguisher to counter the impact of tear gas that was fired by police in Yangon on March 8.
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Protesters string up longyi, traditional clothing worn in Myanmar, during a demonstration in Yangon on March 7.
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Protesters string up longyi, traditional clothing worn in Myanmar, during a demonstration in Yangon on March 7.
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The wife of Phoe Chit, a protester who died during a demonstration, cries over her husband’s coffin during his funeral in Yangon on March 5.
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The wife of Phoe Chit, a protester who died during a demonstration, cries over her husband’s coffin during his funeral in Yangon on March 5.
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Protesters step on portraits of Myanmar’s armed forces chief, Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, during a demonstration in Yangon on March 5.
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Protesters step on portraits of Myanmar’s armed forces chief, Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, during a demonstration in Yangon on March 5.
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People cry in Yangon on March 4, near a spot where a family member was killed while protesting.
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People cry in Yangon on March 4, near a spot where a family member was killed while protesting.
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Protesters lie on the ground after police opened fire to disperse an anti-coup demonstration in Mandalay on March 3.
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Protesters lie on the ground after police opened fire to disperse an anti-coup demonstration in Mandalay on March 3.
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Schoolteachers wear traditional hats while participating in an anti-coup demonstration in Mandalay on March 3.
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Schoolteachers wear traditional hats while participating in an anti-coup demonstration in Mandalay on March 3.
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A soldier stands next to a detained man during a demonstration in Mandalay on March 3.
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A soldier stands next to a detained man during a demonstration in Mandalay on March 3.
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Anti-coup protesters run in Yangon on March 3. One of them discharged a fire extinguisher to counter the impact of tear gas fired by police.
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Anti-coup protesters run in Yangon on March 3. One of them discharged a fire extinguisher to counter the impact of tear gas fired by police.
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An anti-coup protester writes vital emergency information of another protester on his arm in Yangon.
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An anti-coup protester writes vital emergency information of another protester on his arm in Yangon.
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Police run toward protesters to disperse a demonstration in Yangon on March 3.
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Police run toward protesters to disperse a demonstration in Yangon on March 3.
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A citizen of Myanmar living in India burns a poster of Myanmar’s military chief during a protest in New Delhi on March 3.
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A citizen of Myanmar living in India burns a poster of Myanmar’s military chief during a protest in New Delhi on March 3.
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Medics help supply oxygen to a protester who was exposed to tear gas in Yangon on March 3.
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Medics help supply oxygen to a protester who was exposed to tear gas in Yangon on March 3.
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Protesters flee after tear gas was fired during a demonstration in Yangon on March 1.
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Protesters flee after tear gas was fired during a demonstration in Yangon on March 1.
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Protesters smoke behind shields during a demonstration in Yangon on March 1.
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Protesters smoke behind shields during a demonstration in Yangon on March 1.
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Protesters in Yangon run away from tear gas on March 1.
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Protesters in Yangon run away from tear gas on March 1.
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People in Yangon take part in a ceremony on February 28 to remember those who have been killed during demonstrations.
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People in Yangon take part in a ceremony on February 28 to remember those who have been killed during demonstrations.
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Soldiers patrol during a protest in Yangon on February 28.
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Soldiers patrol during a protest in Yangon on February 28.
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Protesters take cover as they clash with police in Yangon on February 28.
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Protesters take cover as they clash with police in Yangon on February 28.
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Protesters erect barricades during a demonstration in Yangon on February 28.
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Protesters erect barricades during a demonstration in Yangon on February 28.
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Police charge at anti-coup protesters in Yangon on February 27.
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Police charge at anti-coup protesters in Yangon on February 27.
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An injured protester receives medical attention in Mandalay after police and military forces cracked down on protests on February 26.
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An injured protester receives medical attention in Mandalay after police and military forces cracked down on protests on February 26.
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Factory workers hold placards and shout slogans as they hold an anti-coup protest in Yangon on February 25.
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Factory workers hold placards and shout slogans as they hold an anti-coup protest in Yangon on February 25.
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Anti-coup protesters shout slogans in Yangon on February 25.
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Anti-coup protesters shout slogans in Yangon on February 25.
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A police officer films protesters near the Indonesian Embassy in Yangon on February 24.
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A police officer films protesters near the Indonesian Embassy in Yangon on February 24.
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Thida Hnin cries during the funeral of her husband, Thet Naing Win, in Mandalay on February 23. He and another protester <a href=”https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/20/asia/myanmar-police-protestors-reports-shooting-intl/index.html” target=”_blank”>were fatally shot by security forces</a> during an anti-coup protest.
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Thida Hnin cries during the funeral of her husband, Thet Naing Win, in Mandalay on February 23. He and another protester were fatally shot by security forces during an anti-coup protest.
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Police stand guard near the US Embassy in Yangon as protesters take part in an anti-coup demonstration on February 22.
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Police stand guard near the US Embassy in Yangon as protesters take part in an anti-coup demonstration on February 22.
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Protesters hold signs featuring civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi during a demonstration in Yangon on February 22.
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Protesters hold signs featuring civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi during a demonstration in Yangon on February 22.
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Protesters gather for a demonstration on February 22.
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Protesters gather for a demonstration on February 22.
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A man is carried after police dispersed protesters in Mandalay on February 20.
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A man is carried after police dispersed protesters in Mandalay on February 20.
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A police truck uses a water cannon to disperse protesters in Mandalay on February 20.
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A police truck uses a water cannon to disperse protesters in Mandalay on February 20.
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A police officer aims a gun toward protesters during a demonstration in Mandalay on February 20.
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A police officer aims a gun toward protesters during a demonstration in Mandalay on February 20.
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A protester holds a Suu Kyi poster as he sits in front of police in Yangon on February 19.
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A protester holds a Suu Kyi poster as he sits in front of police in Yangon on February 19.
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Protesters flash the three-fingered salute during a rally in downtown Yangon on February 19.
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Protesters flash the three-fingered salute during a rally in downtown Yangon on February 19.
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Flower tributes and sympathy messages are left in Yangon for <a href=”https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/19/asia/myanmar-protester-shot-dies-intl-hnk/index.html” target=”_blank”>Mya Thweh Thweh Khine.</a> The 20-year-old was shot in the head at a protest in Naypyidaw, and she died on February 19.
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Flower tributes and sympathy messages are left in Yangon for Mya Thweh Thweh Khine. The 20-year-old was shot in the head at a protest in Naypyidaw, and she died on February 19.
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Protesters block a major road during a demonstration in Yangon on February 17.
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Protesters block a major road during a demonstration in Yangon on February 17.
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Demonstrators block a Yangon bridge with their cars on February 17.
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Demonstrators block a Yangon bridge with their cars on February 17.
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Buddhist monks march during an anti-coup protest in Yangon on February 16.
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Buddhist monks march during an anti-coup protest in Yangon on February 16.
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A Suu Kyi banner is displayed during demonstrations in Yangon on February 15.
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A Suu Kyi banner is displayed during demonstrations in Yangon on February 15.
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Soldiers carry barricades in Yangon on February 15.
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Soldiers carry barricades in Yangon on February 15.
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Elected members of Parliament wave to protesters in Yangon as police surround the headquarters of Suu Kyi’s political party, the National League for Democracy, on February 15.
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Elected members of Parliament wave to protesters in Yangon as police surround the headquarters of Suu Kyi’s political party, the National League for Democracy, on February 15.
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Medics clear the way as an injured protester is carried away for treatment in Mandalay, Myanmar, on February 15.
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Medics clear the way as an injured protester is carried away for treatment in Mandalay, Myanmar, on February 15.
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People gather around an armored vehicle in Yangon on February 14.
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People gather around an armored vehicle in Yangon on February 14.
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Young people in Yangon take part in an anti-coup hip-hop performance on February 14.
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Young people in Yangon take part in an anti-coup hip-hop performance on February 14.
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Protesters demonstrate in Yangon on February 14.
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Protesters demonstrate in Yangon on February 14.
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A child runs alongside an armored vehicle in Yangon on February 14.
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A child runs alongside an armored vehicle in Yangon on February 14.
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Protesters march through the city of Shwebo on February 13.
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Protesters march through the city of Shwebo on February 13.
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Members of the Myanmar Photographers Association hold up their cameras as they call for Suu Kyi’s release on February 13.
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Members of the Myanmar Photographers Association hold up their cameras as they call for Suu Kyi’s release on February 13.
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Police detain a protester during a demonstration in Mawlamyine on February 12.
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Police detain a protester during a demonstration in Mawlamyine on February 12.
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Farmers ride a tractor with a Suu Kyi poster during a demonstration in Thongwa on February 12.
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Farmers ride a tractor with a Suu Kyi poster during a demonstration in Thongwa on February 12.
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A protester dressed as Lady Justice makes a three-finger salute as she takes part in a demonstration in Yangon on February 11.
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Protesters demonstrate in Bagan, a UNESCO World Heritage site, on February 11.
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Protesters demonstrate in Bagan, a UNESCO World Heritage site, on February 11.
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Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, the country’s military leader, makes a televised statement on February 11. He announced that<a href=”https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/12/asia/myanmar-prisoner-release-intl-hnk/index.html” target=”_blank”> more than 23,000 prisoners were set to be granted amnesty and released that day.</a> It was unclear what offenses the prisoners were convicted of.
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Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, the country’s military leader, makes a televised statement on February 11. He announced that more than 23,000 prisoners were set to be granted amnesty and released that day. It was unclear what offenses the prisoners were convicted of.
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Bodybuilders take part in a protest in Yangon on February 11.
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Bodybuilders take part in a protest in Yangon on February 11.
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People hold up letters that spell “get out dictators” during a demonstration at Inle Lake on February 11.
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People hold up letters that spell “get out dictators” during a demonstration at Inle Lake on February 11.
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A protester carries a child during a march in Yangon on February 10.
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A protester carries a child during a march in Yangon on February 10.
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Women in wedding gowns holds up anti-coup placards in Yangon on February 10.
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Women in wedding gowns holds up anti-coup placards in Yangon on February 10.
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A police officer aims a gun during clashes with protesters in the capital of Naypyidaw on February 9.
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A police officer aims a gun during clashes with protesters in the capital of Naypyidaw on February 9.
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A protester pleads for police to refrain from using tear gas against demonstrators in Yangon on February 9.
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A protester pleads for police to refrain from using tear gas against demonstrators in Yangon on February 9.
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Police fire water cannons at protesters in Naypyidaw on February 9.
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Police fire water cannons at protesters in Naypyidaw on February 9.
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Protesters gather in Yangon on February 8.
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Protesters gather in Yangon on February 8.
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Protesters flash three-fingered salutes as they face rows of riot police in Naypyidaw on February 8.
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Protesters flash three-fingered salutes as they face rows of riot police in Naypyidaw on February 8.
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Hospital workers show three-finger salutes during a demonstration in Yangon on February 7.
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Hospital workers show three-finger salutes during a demonstration in Yangon on February 7.
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A rally takes place in Yangon on February 7.
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A rally takes place in Yangon on February 7.
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Protesters shout slogans in Yangon on February 7.
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Protesters shout slogans in Yangon on February 7.
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Protesters give roses to riot police in Yangon on February 6.
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Protesters give roses to riot police in Yangon on February 6.
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Yangon residents bang objects to show support for Suu Kyi and her party on February 5.
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Yangon residents bang objects to show support for Suu Kyi and her party on February 5.
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Soldiers block a road near Myanmar’s Parliament on February 2, a day after the coup.
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Soldiers block a road near Myanmar’s Parliament on February 2, a day after the coup.
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Anti-coup protesters gesture during a march in Yangon, Myanmar, on Friday, March 26.
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Anti-coup protesters gesture during a march in Yangon, Myanmar, on Friday, March 26.
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Men pray during the funeral of Khin Myo Chit, a 7-year-old girl <a href=”https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/24/asia/myanmar-protests-7-year-old-killed-intl-hnk/index.html” target=”_blank”>who was shot in her home</a> by Myanmar’s security forces on Tuesday, March 23. The girl was killed during a military raid, according to the Reuters news agency and the advocacy group Assistance Association for Political Prisoners.
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Men pray during the funeral of Khin Myo Chit, a 7-year-old girl who was shot in her home by Myanmar’s security forces on Tuesday, March 23. The girl was killed during a military raid, according to the Reuters news agency and the advocacy group Assistance Association for Political Prisoners.
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Thein Zaw, a journalist with the Associated Press, waves after being <a href=”https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/24/media/ap-journalist-myanmar/index.html” target=”_blank”>released from a prison</a> in Yangon on March 24. He was detained last month while covering an anti-coup protest.
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Thein Zaw, a journalist with the Associated Press, waves after being released from a prison in Yangon on March 24. He was detained last month while covering an anti-coup protest.
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A Buddhist monk uses binoculars as he squats behind a road barricade with others in Mandalay, Myanmar, on Monday, March 22.
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A Buddhist monk uses binoculars as he squats behind a road barricade with others in Mandalay, Myanmar, on Monday, March 22.
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The mother of Aung Kaung Htet wails during the teenage boy’s funeral on Sunday, March 21. Aung, 15, was killed when military junta forces opened fire on anti-coup protesters in Yangon.
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The mother of Aung Kaung Htet wails during the teenage boy’s funeral on Sunday, March 21. Aung, 15, was killed when military junta forces opened fire on anti-coup protesters in Yangon.
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Unidentified people cross the Tiau River at the India-Myanmar border on Saturday, March 20. Some people from Myanmar <a href=”https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/11/asia/myanmar-india-mizoram-intl-hnk/index.html” target=”_blank”>have sought refuge in India</a> since the protests began.
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Unidentified people cross the Tiau River at the India-Myanmar border on Saturday, March 20. Some people from Myanmar have sought refuge in India since the protests began.
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An anti-coup protester jumps over a makeshift barricade in Yangon on March 19.
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An anti-coup protester jumps over a makeshift barricade in Yangon on March 19.
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Protesters take positions on Yangon’s Bayint Naung Bridge on March 17. The bridge was blocked with an improvised barricade to prevent security forces from crossing.
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Protesters take positions on Yangon’s Bayint Naung Bridge on March 17. The bridge was blocked with an improvised barricade to prevent security forces from crossing.
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Medical students hold up the <a href=”https://www.cnn.com/2014/11/20/world/asia/thailand-hunger-games-salute/index.html” target=”_blank”>three-finger salute</a> at the Yangon funeral of Khant Nyar Hein on March 16. The first-year medical student was fatally shot during the crackdown.
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Medical students hold up the three-finger salute at the Yangon funeral of Khant Nyar Hein on March 16. The first-year medical student was fatally shot during the crackdown.
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Protesters test Molotov cocktails in Yangon on March 16.
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Protesters test Molotov cocktails in Yangon on March 16.
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Protesters stand near burning tires in Yangon on March 16.
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Protesters stand near burning tires in Yangon on March 16.
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Anti-coup protesters pray in Yangon on March 14.
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Anti-coup protesters pray in Yangon on March 14.
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Emergency workers transport the body of Shel Ye Win, who was shot by security forces in Mandalay.
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Emergency workers transport the body of Shel Ye Win, who was shot by security forces in Mandalay.
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Smoke billows from the industrial zone of the Hlaing Tharyar township in Yangon on March 14. The Chinese Embassy in Myanmar said several <a href=”https://edition.cnn.com/2021/03/15/asia/myanmar-deaths-chinese-factories-intl-hnk/index.html” target=”_blank”>Chinese-funded factories were set ablaze</a> during protests. Demonstrators have accused Beijing of supporting the coup and junta.
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Smoke billows from the industrial zone of the Hlaing Tharyar township in Yangon on March 14. The Chinese Embassy in Myanmar said several Chinese-funded factories were set ablaze during protests. Demonstrators have accused Beijing of supporting the coup and junta.
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A member of Myanmar’s police is seen firing a weapon toward protesters in Yangon on March 13.
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A member of Myanmar’s police is seen firing a weapon toward protesters in Yangon on March 13.
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People lay flowers and light candles beside bloodied pavement where protester Chit Min Thu was killed in Yangon.
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People lay flowers and light candles beside bloodied pavement where protester Chit Min Thu was killed in Yangon.
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Military trucks are seen near a burning barricade in Yangon that was erected by protesters and then set on fire by soldiers on March 10.
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Military trucks are seen near a burning barricade in Yangon that was erected by protesters and then set on fire by soldiers on March 10.
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A protester holds a homemade shield during an anti-coup demonstration in Yangon on March 9.
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A protester holds a homemade shield during an anti-coup demonstration in Yangon on March 9.
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A protester discharges a fire extinguisher to counter the impact of tear gas that was fired by police in Yangon on March 8.
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A protester discharges a fire extinguisher to counter the impact of tear gas that was fired by police in Yangon on March 8.
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Protesters string up longyi, traditional clothing worn in Myanmar, during a demonstration in Yangon on March 7.
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Protesters string up longyi, traditional clothing worn in Myanmar, during a demonstration in Yangon on March 7.
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The wife of Phoe Chit, a protester who died during a demonstration, cries over her husband’s coffin during his funeral in Yangon on March 5.
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The wife of Phoe Chit, a protester who died during a demonstration, cries over her husband’s coffin during his funeral in Yangon on March 5.
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Protesters step on portraits of Myanmar’s armed forces chief, Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, during a demonstration in Yangon on March 5.
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Protesters step on portraits of Myanmar’s armed forces chief, Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, during a demonstration in Yangon on March 5.
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People cry in Yangon on March 4, near a spot where a family member was killed while protesting.
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People cry in Yangon on March 4, near a spot where a family member was killed while protesting.
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Protesters lie on the ground after police opened fire to disperse an anti-coup demonstration in Mandalay on March 3.
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Protesters lie on the ground after police opened fire to disperse an anti-coup demonstration in Mandalay on March 3.
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Schoolteachers wear traditional hats while participating in an anti-coup demonstration in Mandalay on March 3.
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Schoolteachers wear traditional hats while participating in an anti-coup demonstration in Mandalay on March 3.
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A soldier stands next to a detained man during a demonstration in Mandalay on March 3.
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A soldier stands next to a detained man during a demonstration in Mandalay on March 3.
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Anti-coup protesters run in Yangon on March 3. One of them discharged a fire extinguisher to counter the impact of tear gas fired by police.
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Anti-coup protesters run in Yangon on March 3. One of them discharged a fire extinguisher to counter the impact of tear gas fired by police.
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An anti-coup protester writes vital emergency information of another protester on his arm in Yangon.
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An anti-coup protester writes vital emergency information of another protester on his arm in Yangon.
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Police run toward protesters to disperse a demonstration in Yangon on March 3.
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Police run toward protesters to disperse a demonstration in Yangon on March 3.
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A citizen of Myanmar living in India burns a poster of Myanmar’s military chief during a protest in New Delhi on March 3.
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A citizen of Myanmar living in India burns a poster of Myanmar’s military chief during a protest in New Delhi on March 3.
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Medics help supply oxygen to a protester who was exposed to tear gas in Yangon on March 3.
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Medics help supply oxygen to a protester who was exposed to tear gas in Yangon on March 3.
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Protesters flee after tear gas was fired during a demonstration in Yangon on March 1.
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Protesters flee after tear gas was fired during a demonstration in Yangon on March 1.
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Protesters smoke behind shields during a demonstration in Yangon on March 1.
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Protesters smoke behind shields during a demonstration in Yangon on March 1.
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Protesters in Yangon run away from tear gas on March 1.
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Protesters in Yangon run away from tear gas on March 1.
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People in Yangon take part in a ceremony on February 28 to remember those who have been killed during demonstrations.
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People in Yangon take part in a ceremony on February 28 to remember those who have been killed during demonstrations.
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Soldiers patrol during a protest in Yangon on February 28.
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Soldiers patrol during a protest in Yangon on February 28.
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Protesters take cover as they clash with police in Yangon on February 28.
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Protesters take cover as they clash with police in Yangon on February 28.
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Protesters erect barricades during a demonstration in Yangon on February 28.
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Protesters erect barricades during a demonstration in Yangon on February 28.
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Police charge at anti-coup protesters in Yangon on February 27.
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Police charge at anti-coup protesters in Yangon on February 27.
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An injured protester receives medical attention in Mandalay after police and military forces cracked down on protests on February 26.
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An injured protester receives medical attention in Mandalay after police and military forces cracked down on protests on February 26.
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Factory workers hold placards and shout slogans as they hold an anti-coup protest in Yangon on February 25.
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Factory workers hold placards and shout slogans as they hold an anti-coup protest in Yangon on February 25.
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Anti-coup protesters shout slogans in Yangon on February 25.
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Anti-coup protesters shout slogans in Yangon on February 25.
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A police officer films protesters near the Indonesian Embassy in Yangon on February 24.
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A police officer films protesters near the Indonesian Embassy in Yangon on February 24.
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A boy reported by local media to be as young as five was among at least 29 people killed in Mandalay. At least 24 people were killed in Yangon, Myanmar Now said.
“Today is a day of shame for the armed forces,” Dr. Sasa, a spokesman for CRPH, an anti-junta group set up by deposed lawmakers, told an online forum.
Meanwhile, one of Myanmar’s two dozen ethnic armed groups, the Karen National Union, said it had overrun an army post near the Thai border, killing 10 people — including a lieutenant colonel — and losing one of its own fighters.
A military spokesman did not respond to calls seeking comment on the killings by security forces or the insurgent attack on its post.
Grieving family of young girl shot dead by Myanmar’s military forced into hiding
Grieving family of young girl shot dead by Myanmar’s military forced into hiding
“They are killing us like birds or chickens, even in our homes,” said Thu Ya Zaw in the central town of Myingyan, where at least two protesters were killed. “We will keep protesting regardless… We must fight until the junta falls.”
The deaths on Saturday would take the number of civilians reported killed since the coup to well over 400.
“This 76th Myanmar armed forces day will stay engraved as a day of terror and dishonor,” the EU delegation to Myanmar said. “The killing of unarmed civilians, including children, are indefensible acts.”
News reports said there were deaths in the central Sagaing region, Lashio in the east, in the Bago region, near Yangon, and elsewhere. A one-year-old baby was hit in the eye with a rubber bullet.
In Naypyitaw, Min Aung Hlaing reiterated a promise to hold elections, without giving any time frame.
“The army seeks to join hands with the entire nation to safeguard democracy,” he said in a live broadcast on state television. “Violent acts that affect stability and security in order to make demands are inappropriate.”
The military has said it took power because November elections won by Aung San Suu Kyi’s party were fraudulent, an assertion dismissed by the country’s election commission.
Suu Kyi, the elected leader and the country’s most popular civilian politician, remains in detention at an undisclosed location. Many other figures in her party are also being held in custody.
Smoke rises over Thaketa township in Yangon on March 27, 2021, as security forces continue their crackdown on protests against the military coup.
Smoke rises over Thaketa township in Yangon on March 27, 2021, as security forces continue their crackdown on protests against the military coup.
Russia ‘a true friend’
In its warning on Friday evening, state television said protesters were “in danger of getting shot to the head and back.” It did not specifically say security forces had been given shoot-to-kill orders and the junta has previously suggested some fatal shootings have come from within the crowds.

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International pressure on the junta increased this week with new US and European sanctions. But Russia’s deputy defense minister Alexander Fomin attended the parade in Naypyitaw, having met senior junta leaders a day earlier.
“Russia is a true friend,” Min Aung Hlaing said.
Diplomats said eight countries — Russia, China, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Laos and Thailand — sent representatives, but Russia was the only one to send a minister.
Myanmar’s military is killing peaceful protesters. Here’s what you need to know
Myanmar’s military is killing peaceful protesters. Here’s what you need to know
Support from Russia and China, which has also refrained from criticism, is important for the junta as those two countries are permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and can block potential UN actions.
Armed Forces Day commemorates the start of the resistance to Japanese occupation in 1945 that was orchestrated by Suu Kyi’s father, the founder of the military.
Gunshots hit the US cultural center in Yangon on Saturday, but nobody was hurt and the incident was being investigated, US Embassy spokesperson Aryani Manring said.
Protesters have taken to the streets almost daily since the coup that derailed Myanmar’s slow transition to democracy.
General Yawd Serk, chair of the Restoration Council of Shan State/Shan State Army – South, one of the ethnic armies in the country, told Reuters in neighboring Thailand: “If they continue to shoot at protesters and bully the people, I think all the ethnic groups would not just stand by and do nothing.”
Author and historian Thant Myint-U wrote on Twitter: “A failed state in Myanmar has the potential to draw in all the big powers — including the US, China, India, Russia, and Japan — in a way that could lead to a serious international crisis (as well as an even greater catastrophe in Myanmar itself).”

Zaraki Kenpachi