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Myanmar sees blue shirt protests over detentions, junta outlaws unity govt

Myanmar anti-coup activists launched protests on Wednesday calling for the release of prisoners detained by the junta, as the military government declared a National Unity Government formed by its opponents was illegal. The Southeast Asian country has been in crisis since the military seized power from Aung San Suu Kyi s elected government on Feb 1, with almost daily protests against the coup occurring despite a brutal crackdown by the junta on dissent. The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP), an activist group, says 738 people have been killed by security forces since the coup and 3,300 people are currently in detention, including 20 who have been sentenced to death. Please raise your voice and demand the release of all the people who are being unfairly detained under the junta government, protest leader Ei Thinzar Maung said on Facebook. On Wednesday, people shared photos on social media wearing blue shirts and holding up a hand with the name of an arrested person written on it.


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