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Protesters hold homemade pipe air guns during a protest against the military coup in Yangon on Saturday, April 3.

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Updated 10:51 PM ET, Sat April 3, 2021

Protesters hold homemade pipe air guns during a protest against the military coup in Yangon on Saturday, April 3.

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Protesters are being met with deadly force in Myanmar, where the military seized power in a coup on February 1.

Security forces, made up of police and military personnel under the command of coup leader Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, have launched a countrywide crackdown that includes enforced disappearances and the shooting of peaceful protesters.

Hundreds of people have been killed, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners.

Protesters have been demanding the release of democratically elected officials, including civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

The coup took place after months of increasing friction between the civilian government and the powerful military, known as the Tatmadaw, over alleged election irregularities. The country’s election commission has denied repeatedly that mass voter fraud took place in November’s general election, when Suu Kyi’s party was widely reported to have won another decisive victory.

Military regimes ruled Myanmar from 1962 until 2011.

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