Burmese migrant workers in Thailand wore red shirts with the National League for Democracy logo to show their support for toppled leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
Hundreds of the supporters marched through neighbouring province Ranong in southern Thailand this morning (Feb 8). The area is a popular region for Myanmar workers due to its closeness to the border.
They proudly displayed the National League for Democracy (NLD) party logo, pictures of Aung San Suu Kyi, red flags and a peacock symbol for peace and freedom.
One of the anonymous Burmese workers said: ‘I wanted to express my opposition to what is happening in Myanmar because I’m scared that violence is going to occur in my country. I’m scared it will impact the relatives I have in Thailand and I want Aung San Suu Kyi to be the leader in Myanmar again because in the past we lived peacefully.’
The Burmese worker added that wearing the t-shirt is an expression of her opposition to the coup in Myanmar, but they have no intention of causing any chaos as they have to make a living in Thailand.
A lot of the vendors selling clothes in Thailand had ordered more red shirts to be sold to Burmese migrant workers.
‘A lot of shirts are being sold because the Burmese people love their country and don’t want any problems there,’ said a vendor.
Security officials in Ranong province said that since the coup started in Myanmar, they have been checking the movement of Burmese migrant workers as they are afraid that there might be an extremist leader who mobilises the groups.
However, the security officials said that migrant workers have not reacted violently but are just wearing clothes in different colours as an expression of their opposition against the coup.
Protests have erupted following the coup in Yangon on Monday (Feb 1) which saw the Nobel Peace Prize laureate and other politicians detained before army chiefs seized power.
In astonishing scenes at the weekend, large crowds wore red as they marched towards the City Hall near Sule Pagoda, which became the focal point where dozens of smaller marches all converged.
Armed riot police protected the building, which is the seat of the city’s administrative body. Hundreds of thousands of Burmese residents including families and children lined the route and applauded as protest marches passed by.
Army chiefs reacted to the mass protests by closing Internet and phone connections across the capital on Saturday (Feb 6) shortly after 11 am local time before it was restored on Sunday (Feb 7) at around 3 pm local time.
The unrest came amid anger at the military coup that deposed Aung San Suu Kyi, who had introduced democratic reforms to the country. Doctors, nurses, students and residents have protested and called for the civilian government to be reinstated.