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Nuns protest Myanmar military coup

Nuns show the three-finger salute outside the Chinese Embassy in Yangon, Myanmar, as they protest against the military coup and demand the release of elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Photo: CNS

CATHOLIC nuns, priests and laypeople have joined protests in Buddhist-majority Myanmar following the coup on February 1.

Hundreds of Catholics, including dozens of nuns, marched on the streets of Yangon on February 14,  and recited prayers and the rosary.

Youths held placards reading “Free Aung San Suu Kyi” and “We support CDM,” the latter referring to the civil disobedience movement.

Nuns from various congregations have shown solidarity with the people of Myanmar by marching on the streets, saying prayers at convents and offering snacks to protesters in Yangon and elsewhere, ucanews.com reported.

In the Christian stronghold of Kachin state, nuns stood at the entrance of a church compound while holding placards that read “No to dictatorship” and “Listen to the voices of people,” while protesters swarmed the streets of Myitkyina, the state’s capital city.

Nationwide anti-coup protests have intensified for nine consecutive days in Yangon, Mandalay, villages and the ethnic regions of Kachin and Chin states, ucanews.com reported.

Pope Francis greets young people after celebrating Mass Nov. 30, 2017, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Yangon, Myanmar. Pope Francis is among the world leaders who have condemned the latest military, coup in Myanmar and expressed solidarity with the people. Photo: CNS

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