Anti-coup demonstrators in Myanmar adorned boiled eggs on Easter Sunday within the newest protest because the navy junta continues its brutal crackdown.

Myanmar has been gripped by extreme turmoil since a February 1 coup ousted civilian chief Aung San Suu Kyi.

Security forces have sought to quell a mass rebellion with deadly pressure, with the demise toll reaching 557 as of Saturday, in keeping with native monitoring group Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP).

To coincide with Easter Sunday, scores of Myanmar protesters adorned eggs with political messages and left them on neighbour’s doorsteps and hanging in luggage on entrance gates.

Pictures posted on social media confirmed eggs adorned with Suu Kyi’s likeness and three-finger salutes — an emblem of the resistance — whereas others mentioned “save our people” and “democracy”.

One Facebook group selling the egg protest urged individuals to be respectful of Christian traditions on Easter Sunday.

Early fowl protesters additionally hit the streets of Mandalay Sunday, some carrying flags and driving motorbikes.

Their demonstration comes even after 4 protesters had been killed Saturday within the cities of Bago and Monywa.

– Total to proceed fuel manufacturing –

While international firms have confronted rising calls to sever ties with the junta, French power big Total introduced Sunday it is not going to halt fuel manufacturing in coup-hit Myanmar.

Chief govt Patrick Pouyanne mentioned Total has an obligation to remain the course.

“Can a company like Total decide to cut off the electricity supply to millions of people — and in so doing, disrupt the operation of hospitals, businesses?” he advised the Journal du Dimanche.

Pouyanne mentioned he was “outraged by the repression” in Myanmar however would refuse to “act to the detriment of our local employees and the Burmese population who are already suffering so much.”

Italian style model Benetton and Swedish retailer H&M have suspended all new orders from Myanmar, whereas French energy group EDF halted its actions, together with a $1.5-billion venture to construct a hydroelectric dam.

Unrest — supported by a widespread strike by civil servants — has crippled Myanmar’s financial system, leaving fuel exports as one of many junta’s predominant sources of income.

The military-controlled Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise has partnerships with Total and US rival Chevron and generates annual revenues of round $1 billion from the sale of pure fuel.

Total paid about $230 million to the Myanmar authorities in 2019 and $176 million in 2020 in taxes and “production rights”, in keeping with the corporate’s monetary statements.

The firm has not but paid taxes — price round $four million monthly — to the junta as a result of the banking system has ceased to function, Pouyanne mentioned.

But he mentioned Total rejected calls to place the taxes into an escrow account, saying it might put native managers liable to arrest or imprisonment.

– More arrests –

At least 2,658 civilians are in detention throughout the nation, in keeping with AAPP.

This weekend, Myanmar authorities issued arrest warrants for 40 celebrities — most of whom are in hiding.

Two sisters — Shine Ya Da Na Pyo and Nay Zar Chi Shine — who spoke with a CNN correspondent on Friday had been additionally detained, together with one other relative.

Local media reported they’d flashed a three-finger salute whereas chatting with CNN.

“We are pressing the authorities for information on this, and for the safe release of any detainees,” a CNN spokesperson mentioned.

Meanwhile, ten insurgent teams held on-line talks Saturday about Myanmar’s disaster, fanning fears {that a} broader battle might erupt in a rustic lengthy affected by combating between the navy and the ethnic armies.

The nation’s 20 odd ethnic armed teams management giant areas of territory, largely in border areas.

Last week, the junta declared a month-long ceasefire with ethnic armed teams.

The announcement nevertheless has not seen the tip of deadly pressure towards anti-coup protesters.

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