Myanmar Easter Eggs Become Symbols of Pro-Democracy Protests

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Anti-coup demonstrators in Myanmar, adept at finding themes to tie together protests nationwide, took to the streets today holding painted eggs in a nod to Easter.

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

In the biggest city of Yangon, one group marched through the Insein district chanting and singing protest songs and cradling eggs bearing the slogan "Spring Revolution".

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CNN is the first global media organization to be given permission to enter the Southeast Asian nation since the military unseated the civilian government in a coup on February 1 and began waging a brutal clampdown on pro-democracy protesters, which has left more than 550 people dead, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, an advocacy group based in neighboring Thailand.

Anti-coup protesters raise decorated Easter eggs along with the three-fingered symbols of resistance during a protest against the military coup on Easter Sunday in Yangon, Myanmar.

There has been no let-up in the opposition to the two-month-old seizure of power by the military, even as authorities have escalated their use of force against protesters.

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A total of 557 people have been killed in coup-related violence since February 1 as of Saturday, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, a monitoring group. More than 2,750 people have been detained or sentenced, the group said.

Authorities on Friday and Saturday announced that they have issued arrest warrants for almost 40 celebrities known for opposing military rule, including social media influencers, singers and models.

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