Demonstrators in standoff with police amid demands for release of elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi

Myanmar’s junta shut down the internet in the country on Saturday as thousands of people took to the streets of Yangon to denounce this week’s coup and demand the release of the elected leader, Aung San Suu Kyi.

In the first such demonstration since the generals seized power on Monday, activists in the country’s largest city chanted: “Military dictator, fail, fail; Democracy, win, win” and held banners reading: “Against military dictatorship”. Bystanders offered them food and water.

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