How did Myanmar’s military junta mark the five-day Thingyan water festival -- traditionally "one of the country’s most joyful and auspicious holidays"? "By brutally killing at least another 26 citizens, sending the death toll since the Feb 1 coup to 738."
Even the Myanmar junta's killing of 82 people in one town on one day doesn't stop the pro-democracy protesters, who called for "defiance" over the five-day traditional new year, known as Thingyan, which begins on Tuesday.
Myanmar's junta announced it pardoned and released more than 23,000 prisoners to mark the traditional Thingyan New Year holiday
Activists urge people this year to stage symbolic protests from the start of the five-day New Year holidays, known as Thingyan.
Instead of the usual water pistols, splashing and jubilant crowds during Myanmar’s New Year festival of Thingyan, this year’s holiday will see real guns, blood on the streets and grief over a democracy robbed.
Myanmar’s New Year festival of Thingyan is the country’s biggest public holiday - but this year, in an echo of cancelled Easter celebrations elsewhere in the world, the country’s commercial hub Yangon is locked down
Myanmar punks celebrate the Thingyan water festival, which marks the traditional new year. See more: