Myanmar activists cancel new year festivities, hold low-key protests

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    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. “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.
    4. 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.
    5. 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

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