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Photos show swelling protests in Myanmar and neighboring countries denouncing the military coup

Photos show swelling protests in Myanmar and neighboring countries denouncing the military coup
  • Hundreds of doctors, teachers, students, and others in Myanmar are protesting the military's coup.
  • On Monday, the military announced it would be taking over the country for at least a year.
  • Photos show the growing demonstrations in the region as uncertainty about the country's future persists.

After a week of increasing uncertainty over Myanmar's future, hundreds of teachers and students joined growing demonstrations across the country Friday, to protest the military's coup and show support for jailed leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

On Monday, Myanmar's military announced it would be taking over the country for at least a year following the detainment of several top Myanmar politicians. The military cited mass voter fraud as justification for the coup hours before the new parliament was scheduled to meet for the first time since the November election.

According to the Associated Press, the country's election commission rejected any claims of voter fraud in the elections that saw the military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party win only 33 of 476 possible parliamentary seats.

Anger among people in Myanmar has been growing since the coup, as activists and dissidents have encouraged acts of civil disobedience in protest.

Earlier this week, medical professionals from 70 hospitals across the country pledged to stop working in protest. In a statement to the international medical community, the doctors said they refused to recognize the military regime.

Protests on Thursday led to at least 30 detainments over pot-banging, according to Al Jazeera.

Friday, hundreds of teachers and students gathered outside the Yangon University of Education campus to protest, holding signs, wearing red ribbons, and displaying the "three-finger salute," inspired by The Hunger Games, but used in recent years by protesters throughout Asia, according to Reuters.

There were reportedly similar protests of teachers and students at Dagon University in Yangon.

Burmese refugees and nationals in neighboring countries have also gathered to protest the coup with activists in countries like Thailand, India, and Indonesia.

Demonstrators in Myanmar displayed a three-finger slate in protest of the coup.

Demonstrators in Myanmar displayed a three-finger slate in protest of the coup.
Supporters show a three-finger salute of protest while four arrested activists make a court appearance in Mandalay, Myanmar, Friday, Feb. 5, 2021. Associated Press
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Medical staffers at 70 hospitals across the country pledged to stop working in protest.

Medical staffers at 70 hospitals across the country pledged to stop working in protest.
Staffers of the University Hospital flash the three-finger protest gesture while holding signs that read: "Protect democracy" and "Reject the military coup, Free our president, Respect our votes" Friday, Feb. 5, 2021 in Yangon, Myanmar. Associated Press
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Hundreds of teachers and students joined the protests on Friday.

Hundreds of teachers and students joined the protests on Friday.
Teachers from the Yangon Education University flash the three-finger protest gesture while holding signs that read: "Civil Disobedience Myanmar Teachers" Friday, Feb. 5, 2021 in Yangon, Myanmar. Associated Press
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People banged pots and pans as an act of civil disobedience.

People banged pots and pans as an act of civil disobedience.
People beat pots and pans to make noise as they participate in a symbolic act of civil disobedience to protest against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2021. Associated Press
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Activists who were arrested saluted during their court appearance.

Activists who were arrested saluted during their court appearance.
Min Nyi Nyi Kon, center left, Pyae Sone Aung, right, Ye Win Tun, left, and Saw Oak Kar Oo, center right, show a three-finger salute of protest during their court appearance in Mandalay, Myanmar, Friday, Feb. 5, 2021. Associated Press
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Burmese people in Thailand joined the protests.

Burmese people in Thailand joined the protests.
Burmese people living in Thailand hold pictures of Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi during a protest in front of the Myanmar embassy in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Feb. 1, 2021. Sakchai Lalit/Associated Press
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They did the same in India...

They did the same in India...
Myanmarese refugees in India participate in a protest against the ousting of Myanmar's elected government and its leader Aung San Suu Kyi, in New Dehi, India, Friday, Feb. 5, 2021. Manish Swarup/Associated Press
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In Japan...

In Japan...
Myanmar people living in Japan and supporters chant during a protest in front of the Foreign Ministry in Tokyo Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021. Eugene Hoshiko/Associated Press
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In Indonesia...

In Indonesia...
Activists display posters as they board a minivan during a protest against the ousting of the Myanmar's elected government and its leader Aung San Suu Kyi outside the Embassy of Myanmar in Jakarta, Indonesia, Friday, Feb. 5, 2021. Dita Alangkara/Associated Press
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And in Nepal.

And in Nepal.
A small group of Nepalese Civil society activists hold placards reacting to the developments in Myanmar during a protest in Kathmandu, Nepal, Monday, Feb. 1, 2021. Niranjan Shrestha/Associated Press
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