Myanmar Easter Eggs Become Symbols of Pro-Democracy Protests

Elias Hubbard
Апреля 7, 2021

But it still faces a sustained campaign of pro-democracy demonstrations and civil disobedience across the country, and condemnation and more sanctions from the west.

Myanmar activists daubed roadways with red paint Tuesday to protest against the junta's bloody crackdown on protests, as an online fundraising drive to support the movement neared the $10 million mark.

"The blood has not dried", said one message in red.

Myanmar's military has violently cracked down on protesters and others in opposition, with the latest civilian death toll since the coup at 557, according to the independent Assistance Association for Political Prisoners.

Dr. Sasa, the Myanmar special envoy to the United Nations who goes by one name, posted an image of painted eggs on Twitter and wrote that Myanmar's people have a "great future in federal democracy", reflecting hopes for the military to step down and reinstate a democratic system.

However, Russia said on Tuesday that sanctions against the authorities were futile and extremely unsafe.

"A course towards threats and pressure including the use of sanctions against the current Myanmar authorities has no future and is extremely unsafe", news agency Interfax quoted a Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson as saying.

Demonstrators cradled boiled eggs displaying Aung San Suu Kyi's image and "Get out MAH", in a reference to junta leader Min Aung Hlaing.

On Sunday, French oil and gas group Total said it will not stop producing gas in Myanmar.

"We are going to add economic sanctions at the level of the 27 (EU countries). against the economic entities linked to the army so that they (sanctions) can be applied very quickly", Le Drian told lawmakers.

Worldwide powers have sought to pile pressure on the military by hitting its sprawling business interests, which include the lucrative jade and ruby trade.

A protest scheduled for Wednesday has called for the burning of Chinese-made goods.

With most of the internet access cut or severely restricted by the junta, it is becoming increasingly hard for people in Myanmar to get images of their plight to the outside world.

Anger has swept Myanmar in the past two months over the coup that brought an abrupt end to a brief era of democratic and economic reform and worldwide integration.

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