Three-finger salutes seen at Myanmar funerals as deaths from military crackdowns surpass 500

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At his funeral, family and friends of Aung Ko Oo flashed three-finger salutes as a symbol of resistance in honour of the man who died after being shot in the head on March 28, 2021, during protests against Myanmar's military coup. The 29-year-old, who was buried in Yangon on March 30, was among more than 536 people who have been killed during the military’s crackdown on protesters since the February 1 coup. The junta said on March 31, that it is implementing a unilateral one-month ceasefire with ethnic armed forces who have denounced the coup. But military officials said they would make an exception for actions that disrupt their government’s security and administrative operations, an apparent reference to the nationwide protest movement that has taken to the streets nearly every day since the civilian government was overthrown.

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