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- Opponents of military rule in Myanmar cancelled traditional tradition on Tuesday (Apr 13) and instead showed their anger with the country’s generals through low-key displays of defiance and small protests across the country.
- The five-day New Year holiday, known as Thingyan, is usually celebrated with prayers, ritual cleaning of Buddha images in temples and high-spirited water-dousing on the streets.
- “We do not celebrate Myanmar Thingyan this year since over 700 of our innocent brave souls have been killed,” said one Twitter user named Shwe Ei.
- In some places, people set out dozens of Thingyan pots daubed with messages such as “Save Myanmar” in silent shows of opposition to the military.
- There were no immediate reports of violence at any of the protests but information has become scarce because of the junta’s curbs on broadband internet and mobile data services.
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Source: Channel News Asia