Myanmar protests continue after violence, raid on NLD office

People returned to the streets of Naypyidaw, Myanmar’s remote capital, and Yangon, on Wednesday, after the police used rubber bullets and water cannon to break up protests leaving two people in hospital, one of them fighting for her life.

Several civil servants from the energy ministry were seen walking out of their workplace on Wednesday, as they denounced the coup leaders and called for the restoration of parliament.

“The coup must fail,” the protesters shouted.

In the country’s largest city of Yangon, thousands of protesters also took to the streets, with many young female demonstrators wearing costumes as a way to creatively show their opposition to the military.

Meanwhile, images on social media showed dozens of Myanmar police officers from Kayah State joining the protest and raising the three finger salute in defiance of the military.

Healthcare workers, in their green hospital gowns and with their masks on, also joined in the protests in Karen State’s Myawaddy Township, according to a report by the Irrawaddy News.

The United Nations and the United States condemned the use of force against the protesters, who want elected leader Aung Suu Kyi Kyi and other politicians from the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) released and a return to civilian rule.

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