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Burmese community holds protest to oppose military coup in Myanmar

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne's NBC) - Many members of Fort Wayne's Burmese community gathered at the Allen County Courthouse Wednesday to show opposition to the recent military takeover in Myanmar.

Some Burmese residents are feeling Déjà vu. Years ago, thousands of refugees flocked to the US to avoid persecution during a similar military takeover.

This weekend, the military in Myanmar rounded up political leaders. They've detained the country's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi and declared a state of emergency for a year's time.

"We want them released. We want them restored. We want our democratic rights. All of our collective voices are important," Organizer Minn Nantin said.

"It is a nightmare. They are violating us again and again, torturing our generation."

READ MORE: Myanmar’s military takeover brings traumatic memories for Fort Wayne Burmese community

Kayla Crandall

Kayla Crandall is an Emmy award-winning journalist. She serves as the Social Media and Digital Content Manager at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @KaylerJayne.

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