Shirtless men add muscle to Myanmar’s anti-coup protest

Published February 11, 2021, 9:44 AM

by Jaleen Ramos

Protests across Myanmar entered their fifth day on Wednesday, Feb. 10, with shirtless men marching through the streets to demonstrate against the military coup.

Shirtless men holding signs calling for the release of detained Myanmar civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi march during a protest against the military coup in Yangon on February 10, 2021. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Some shirtless musclemen with well-defined six-packs who are said to be members of a fitness gym made a lot of buzz on social media after they were seen protesting against the military coup and demanding for the release of detained Myanmar civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi in Yangon.

This eye-catching costume was part of their creative strategies in contrast to the intimidation tactics used by the authorities.

Phyo Ko Ko, a personal trainer in Yangon, said he wanted to add some muscle to the pro-democracy rallies.

“I do not want military dictatorship at all,” he said in a Facebook post with pictures of him and his mates showing off their six-packs and buff chests.

Police security forces had earlier ratcheted up the use of force against protesters, deploying tear gas, water cannons, and rubber bullets.

On Tuesday, the military raided the national headquarters of Suu Kyi’s party, which, before the military seized power, had been slated to take power for a second five-year term. (With a report from AFP)