Doctors and pro-democracy protesters in Myanmar raised their hands in three-finger salute, a gesture of rebellion inspired from The Hunger Games movies, to protest against the military coup that ousted the country’s democratically elected government.  

The gesture of resistance against tyranny was first invoked in real life from the silver screen during demonstrations in neighbouring Thailand against a military coup in 2014.  So much so, that it was banned by military in Thailand to silence criticism

In Myanmar, civilians in the country have been raising their voices against the army rule by taking part in civil disobedience campaigns and banging pots and pans from their houses, a symbolic gesture to drive away evil, since the coup on February 1.

Doctors and medical staff at Yangon General Hospital posed, raising three fingers in a muted defiance. Health workers also staged protests at dozens of hospitals by walking out of hospitals on Wednesday

As the military took control of the government, tanks and other military vehicles rolled through the streets of major cities. A one-year state of emergency has been declared, with all domestic and international flights grounded until June.

State Counsellor Aung Suu Kyi, who was detained along with President Win Myint during a series of raids, has been charged for illegal possession of illegally imported walkie-talkies and for shaking hands during the pandemic. Her National League for Democracy (NLD) party swept the vote and the military-backed party did poorly

On Thursday, the military ordered internet service providers to temporarily block access to Facebook, Instagram and Whatsapp to curb calls for protest. Myanmar’s Ministry of Transport and Communications sent a notice to telecommunications companies to block Facebook and its services till 7 February to maintain “stability” in the country

On Thursday, the military ordered internet service providers to temporarily block access to Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp to curb calls for protest. Myanmar’s Ministry of Transport and Communications sent a notice to telecommunications companies to block Facebook and its services till 7 February to maintain “stability” in the country.

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