Photos: Myanmar protests resume after violent crackdown and internet shutdown

  • Anti-coup protests in Myanmar resumed on February 16 following violence against protesters by security forces and internet shutdown for a second straight night. Protesters also blocked train services between Yangon and Mawlamyine, hours after a UN envoy warned of severe consequences against any harsh response to the pro-democracy demonstrations. Security presence was low-key during the protests with most police guarding key buildings in the city, such as state banks branches. People of Myanmar are protesting against the February 1 military coup and demand that the nation’s elected leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, and members of her ousted government be freed from detention.
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Demonstrators hold hands as armed police personnel stand guard during the ongoing protest against Myanmar’s military coup, at National League for Democracy (NLD) headquarters in Yangon on February 15. Peaceful demonstrations against the military takeover resumed on February 16, following internet shutdown for a second straight night and violence against protesters a day earlier by security forces.(Ye Aung Thu / AFP)

Demonstrators hold hands as armed police personnel stand guard during the ongoing protest against Myanmar’s military coup, at National League for Democracy (NLD) headquarters in Yangon on February 15. Peaceful demonstrations against the military takeover resumed on February 16, following internet shutdown for a second straight night and violence against protesters a day earlier by security forces.(Ye Aung Thu / AFP)

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Demonstrators protest outside Mandalay railway station on February 15. No reason has been announced for why the government ordered internet access to be blocked on February 14 and 15 nights, AP reported.(AP)

Demonstrators protest outside Mandalay railway station on February 15. No reason has been announced for why the government ordered internet access to be blocked on February 14 and 15 nights, AP reported.(AP)

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Demonstrators hold posters of detained Myanmar leader Aung Saan Suu Kyi during the ongoing protest against the military coup, outside the United States embassy in Yangon on February 16. Groups of demonstrators turned out early in Yangon and other cities demanding Suu Kyi and members of her ousted government be freed from detention.(Sai Aung Main / AFP)

Demonstrators hold posters of detained Myanmar leader Aung Saan Suu Kyi during the ongoing protest against the military coup, outside the United States embassy in Yangon on February 16. Groups of demonstrators turned out early in Yangon and other cities demanding Suu Kyi and members of her ousted government be freed from detention.(Sai Aung Main / AFP)

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Demonstrators hold placards and raise slogans during the ongoing protest against the military coup in Yangon on February 15. The protests are taking place in defiance of an order banning gatherings of five or more people, AP reported.(REUTERS)

Demonstrators hold placards and raise slogans during the ongoing protest against the military coup in Yangon on February 15. The protests are taking place in defiance of an order banning gatherings of five or more people, AP reported.(REUTERS)

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A policeman aims a slingshot towards an unknown target during a crackdown on anti-coup protesters outside the Myanmar Economic Bank in Mandalay on February 15. Soldiers and police had violently dispersed a gathering of more than 1,000 protesters outside the Myanmar Economic Bank on February 15. They attacked the protesters with slingshots and sticks, and police could be seen aiming long guns into the air amid sounds that resembled gunfire, AP reported.(AP / PTI)

A policeman aims a slingshot towards an unknown target during a crackdown on anti-coup protesters outside the Myanmar Economic Bank in Mandalay on February 15. Soldiers and police had violently dispersed a gathering of more than 1,000 protesters outside the Myanmar Economic Bank on February 15. They attacked the protesters with slingshots and sticks, and police could be seen aiming long guns into the air amid sounds that resembled gunfire, AP reported.(AP / PTI)

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Protesters demonstrating against the military coup give the three-finger salute as police exit the National League for Democracy (NLD) headquarters in Yangon on February 15. Protesters opposed to the military coup blocked train services between Yangon and Mawlamyine on February 16, hours after a UN envoy warned the army of "severe consequences" for any harsh response to the pro-democracy demonstrations, Reuters reported.(Ye Aung Thu / AFP)

Protesters demonstrating against the military coup give the three-finger salute as police exit the National League for Democracy (NLD) headquarters in Yangon on February 15. Protesters opposed to the military coup blocked train services between Yangon and Mawlamyine on February 16, hours after a UN envoy warned the army of "severe consequences" for any harsh response to the pro-democracy demonstrations, Reuters reported.(Ye Aung Thu / AFP)

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Demonstrators perform classical music during the ongoing protest against the military coup in Yangon on February 16.(Ye Aung Thu / AFP)

Demonstrators perform classical music during the ongoing protest against the military coup in Yangon on February 16.(Ye Aung Thu / AFP)

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Lone police personnel seen next to a dog outside the Yangon City Hall (R) and Sule Pagoda (C) in Yangon on February 16. Security presence was low-key around the protest, with most police guarding key buildings in the city, AP reported(Sai Aung Main / AFP)

Lone police personnel seen next to a dog outside the Yangon City Hall (R) and Sule Pagoda (C) in Yangon on February 16. Security presence was low-key around the protest, with most police guarding key buildings in the city, AP reported(Sai Aung Main / AFP)

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