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Myanmar's military overturned a democratic election. Now they're warning protesters not to 'destroy democracy'

February 9, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Myanmar's new military junta, which overturned the results of democratic elections when it seized power on Monday, has warned the public not to "destroy" democracy following three days of protests.

(CNN)Myanmar's new military junta, which overturned the results of democratic elections when it seized power on Monday, has warned the public not to "destroy" democracy following three days of protests.

For the third straight day Monday, thousands of people marched in cities across the country against the military takeover and called for the release of detained civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other elected lawmakers.

The United States Embassy said it had received reports that curfews had been imposed in Yangon and the city of Mandalay from 8 p. m. to 4 a. m. The US State Department said that it was "very concerned" about military-imposed restrictions on public gatherings and offered support for the country's peaceful protests.

"We stand with the people who support their right to assemble peacefully, including to protest peacefully in support of the democratically elected governments, and the right to freedom of expression, including the freedom to seek to receive to impart information both online and offline," said spokesman Ned Price.

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