Top Asian News 4:25 a.m. GMT

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Thousands protest army takeover in Myanmar's biggest city

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — About 2,000 protesters rallied against the military takeover in Myanmar's biggest city on Sunday and demanded the release of Aung San Suu Kyi, whose elected government was toppled by the army that also imposed an internet blackout. Protest crowds have grown bigger and bolder since Monday's coup. Labor union and student activists and members of the public chanted “Long live Mother Suu” and “Down with military dictatorship” at a major intersection near Yangon University. Police in riot gear blocked the main entrance to the university. Two water cannon trucks were parked nearby. The protesters held placards calling for freedom for Suu Kyi and President Win Myint, who were put under house arrest and charged with minor offenses, seen by many as providing a legal veneer for their detention.