/ 11 March 2021

Protestors adapt their tactics

Pro-democracy demonstrators in Myanmar are becoming more agile on the streets as they try to stay out of harm’s way with military forces and police deploying lethal force against their fellow citizens. On Tuesday, 1,000 protesters with homemade shields emblazoned with an image of the movement’s 3-fingered salute popped up in Mandalay, the nation’s second-largest city, where they protested for just a few minutes and dispersed, reports say, to avoid being targeted by authorities. While demonstrations have become a daily occurrence in defiance of military leaders, observers say concerned citizens are improvising to keep themselves safe while continuing to make their point against the 1 February coup. This image of a nun begging police to spare “the children” and take her life instead is a heartbreaker…

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