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In Burma, a march is held in the morning to avoid police intervention

With public protests becoming increasingly dangerous in Burma, anti-coup demonstrators held a broad daylight march on Sunday to avoid the risk of confrontation with security forces. About a hundred doctors, nurses, medical students and pharmacists in white coats marched through the streets chanting slogans against the military junta's takeover.

The generals staged a coup against the elected civilian government seven weeks ago. In Burma, demonstrations and other acts of civil disobedience have been taking place daily since February 1, when leader Suu Kyi was ousted from power shortly after the start of her second government term.

The coup has overturned the Southeast Asian nation's marked progress towards democracy after five decades of military rule. Mandalay has become a major center of opposition to the military takeover. So far, 235 people have been killed throughout the country, the Association of Political Prisoners of the country has announced. Over two thousand others have been arrested and imprisoned.