Nun begs Myanmar police to stop shooting children, photo goes viral

Nun kneels in front of Myanmar police to stop shooting children, photo goes viral
Image: Myitkyina News Journal

Photograph of a nun kneeling down on her knees in Myanmar is going viral. The nun is sitting on the ground in front of policemen in a northern Myanmar town. She is pleading them to stop shooting protesters agitating against the military coup.

The video shows Sister Ann Rose Nu Tawng in a white robe kneeling on a street in Myitkyina on Monday. She is speaking to two policemen who were also kneeling.

According to reports, she is begging them not to shoot the children. Afterwards, Tawng and one of the policemen touch their foreheads to the ground. The nun’s photo from Myanmar is going viral on social media.

Reports say, at least two protesters were killed and three others were injured on Monday. So far more than 1,800 people are under detention in the crackdown on protests.

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The nun begged them not to attack protesters, “Kill me instead,” she said. Police were shooting indiscriminately at protesters.

Myanmar’s military took centre stage and detained several key figures of the country on February 1, 2021. Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi among others was detained followed by a coup. Only ten years back, the military had handed over the power to a civilian government.

The military coup was apparently a response to ‘alleged’ fraud in last year’s November elections. Aung San Suu Kyi’s party National League for Democracy (NLD) had won by a landslide. Amid the violence and clampdown, the nun’s photograph pleading for peace is an example in Myanmar.

Furthermore, a state of emergency is now in place for one year in Myanmar after the military took over the country. The world reacted surprisingly to the news of a military coup in Burma. Following the coup, there has been a clampdown on media reporting and other activities too.

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