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By day, Myanmar's protesters are defiant dissenters. By night, they live in fear of arrest during an internet blackout

February 20, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Many citizens in Myanmar have told CNN they are terrified of being dragged from their beds in nighttime or early morning raids, which have become frequent occurrences since the military coup.

(CNN)Each day before the internet goes down, anti-coup activists in Myanmar pile on to social media and encrypted messaging apps to frantically organize the next day's protest.

By day, thousands of people across the country join vibrant demonstrations calling for the military, which seized power in a coup on February 1, to hand back power to civilian control and release ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi. They defiantly bang pots and pans, beat drums, wave creative signs and march en masse through the streets.

She said not knowing what will happen each night, and at the protest in the day, is a type of "psychological warfare. "

She said she protests despite the dangers to "let the people and military know that our current political system is failing" and that Myanmar "needs a new solution" and "framework" that's inclusive of all people and ethnicities.

From the bigger cities like Yangon and Mandalay, to remote villages, people across the country are protesting against the new military regime, risking arrest for their actions.

In the early hours of February 1, before Myanmar's coup leaders had officially announced their takeover of the country, a white van pulled up outside Maung Thar Cho's house in Yangon's suburbs.

It has been almost 20 days since Maung Thar Cho was detained in the early morning raid, and his family said they have had no contact with him since two phone calls on February 2 and 3, when he reassured them he was being taken care of.

Burmese human rights organization, Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP), on Thursday said it had verified 521 arrests related to the coup since February 1 -- 477 of those people remained in detention or faced outstanding charges.

Sanchaung Bo Bo, 48, said he goes out every day to protest because he knows firsthand how violent military rulers can be and doesn't want to see the younger generation suffer as he has done.

Sanchaung Bo Bo said one key difference between today's coup and 1988 is the fact younger people have now tasted democracy and, in general, are better educated than his generation.

She said she had protested every day since February 6 and quit her job as a business development manager because her company didn't want her to demonstrate.

Another young protester, who didn't want to be named for fear of arrest, said he was demonstrating for his generation's future.

Like many of his peers, by day, he said he goes out onto the streets to protest, but at night he moves from house to house to evade arrest.

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