By Fanny Potkin and Patpicha Tanakasempipat
BANGKOK (Reuters) – Activists throughout Asia held rallies on Sunday to assist protesters in Myanmar combating in opposition to a army coup, displaying the rising affect of cross-border youth actions pushing for democracy with the rallying cry “Milk Tea Alliance”.
Following a name for assist from Myanmar pro-democracy campaigners, round 200 individuals in Taipei and dozens in Bangkok, Melbourne and Hong Kong took to the streets waving #MilkTeaAlliance indicators and flags.
The hashtag, which originated as a protest in opposition to on-line assaults from nationalists in China, was used tens of millions of occasions on Sunday. Its identify originates from the shared ardour for the milky drink in Thailand, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.[L4N2FJ12F]
Activists in Indonesia and Malaysia held on-line protests and 1000’s extra, from Southeast Asia and elsewhere, took half in a social media marketing campaign, posting messages and paintings.
The rallies in Asia passed off on the bloodiest day of weeks of demonstrations in Myanmar, after police fired on protesters, together with within the nation’s greatest metropolis of Yangon, the place some activists held their very own “Milk Tea Alliance” indicators. [L2N2KY00J]
Not less than 21 protesters have been killed because the army seized energy and detained elected authorities chief Aung San Suu Kyi and far of her occasion management on Feb. 1.
“Once we see brave individuals in Myanmar take to the streets, courageous the water cannon, tear gasoline, batons and bullets, painful recollections stir,” stated Debby Chan, a Sino-Myanmar relations researcher who took half in a Hong Kong rally on prime of metropolis landmark Lion Rock.
“Hong Kong protesters additionally suffered from this in 2019,” she stated. “As we speak we need to present our solidarity.”
Hong Kong campaigners climbed the small mountain and held #MilkTeaAlliance indicators calling for an finish to dictatorship in Myanmar.
Professional-democracy advocates say the budding pro-democracy pan-Asian solidarity coalition is now taking part in a constant function in serving to activists mobilize.
“Myanmar activists have been very energetic in participating with Milk Tea Alliance because the coup,” stated Thai activist Rathasat Plenwong who went to point out his assist for the Myanmar protests in Bangkok on Sunday.
“We really feel like we’re on this collectively.”
(Reporting by Fanny Potkin in Singapore and Patpicha Tanakasempipat in Bangkok; extra reporting by Ann Wang in Taipei; enhancing by Philippa Fletcher)
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