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Pope shares solidarity with Myanmar youth as protesters decorate Easter eggs

Anti-coup demonstrators in Myanmar decorate boiled eggs as the latest emblem of resistance for Easter, as Pope Francis in his Easter message expresses solidarity with the country’s youth.

Myanmar has been gripped by turmoil since a February 1 coup ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and derailed the country’s tentative transition to democracy.

Security forces have sought to quell a mass uprising with lethal force and the death toll has passed 550.

On Easter, Myanmar protesters are painting political messages on eggs and leaving them on neighbors’ doorsteps.

Pictures posted on social media show eggs adorned with images of Suu Kyi and three-finger salutes — a protest gesture — while others say “save our people” and “democracy.”

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