Red Paint Protests Held in Myanmar

Anti-coup protesters in Myanmar splashed red paint in the streets on Wednesday to symbolize the blood of more than 700 who were killed because they protest against the junta.

The acts are aimed to embarrass the military in various occupied towns and cities.

The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, an activist group said that the military forces have killed 710 protesters since the ousting of Aung San Suu Kyi’s government.

This week is Myanmar’s New Year festival of Thingyan, however, pro-democracy activists canceled the normal holiday festivities to focus on their opposition to the generals who seized power.

A protester said that the purpose of the “bleeding strikes” was to remember the martyrs who die in the struggle for democracy.

“We should not be happy during this festival time. We have to feel sadness for the martyrs who are bleeding and we must continue to fight this battle in any way we can,” a protest participant from Yangon told AFP.

The military said the protests were “petering out.”

Activists have planned different shows of defiance every day over the holiday, which ends on Saturday.

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