Hundreds protest outside Myanmar embassy in Bangkok

STORY: Large crowds of demonstrators chanted slogans and called for justice, while holding portraits of the executed activists and deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi of the National League for Democracy party.

Myanmar's ruling military on Tuesday defended its execution of the activists as "justice for the people," brushing off a deluge of international condemnation including from its closest neighbors.

The military, which seized power in a coup last year, announced on Monday (July 25) it had executed the activists for aiding "terror acts" by a civilian resistance movement, Myanmar's first executions in decades.

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