Tens of thousands rally against Myanmar coup

Tens of thousands rallied across Myanmar for a second day on Sunday (February 7) to denounce last week's coup and demand the release of elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

The protests are the biggest the country has seen in over a decade.

Crowds filled the streets of Myanmar's biggest city, Yangon - sporting red shirts, flags and balloons - the color of Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy Party.

Many gestured with a three-finger salute - which has become a symbol of protest against the coup.

"We have the right to show our disagreement that we are against the dictatorships to prevent inequality, oppressions in accordance with the democracy. We need to get rid of the fear. I take part in this revolution as I believe that the military dictatorship will fail if we bravely join forces."

There was no comment from the junta in the capital Naypyitaw, some 220 miles north of Yangon.

In the southeastern town of Myawaddy, shots were heard as armed police tried to break up a large crowd.

It was not immediately clear if there had been any casualties.

On Sunday afternoon, the junta ended a day-long blockade of the internet that had further inflamed anger.

The United Nations special rapporteur on Myanmar has said more than 160 people have been arrested since Monday's coup.

The military takeover has halted the Southeast Asian nation's troubled transition to democracy, and drawn international outrage.