Security forces in Myanmar have reportedly opened fire on medical workers who were taking part in a pro-democracy protest in the city of Mandalay. Hundreds of people have been killed and many more injured since a military coup in February overthrew the elected government. The international community has condemned the actions of the military Junta, but China has remained largely silent.
This week marks Myanmar's traditional new year festival. But instead of celebrating, many continue to protest.
They should be celebrating the New Year Festival of Thingyan. Instead they're marching against a coup.
A coup that saw the overthrow of their elected leader, Aung San Suu Kyi and replaced her with a military dictatorship.
Across Myanmar, protesters holding flowers are using this week as a rallying cry. But they know the risks. Security forces roam the streets. Dissent is quickly and brutally stamped out. Just ask the people in Karen state who have been forced into hiding in caves after the military junta carried out air strikes in their region.
More than 700 people have died since February, according to a local monitoring group. But that hasn't stopped the protesters as they continue their fight for freedom.
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