Following the Myanmar coup d'état in February last month, several people have been killed in anti-military protests since the coup. While the nation has been demanding an end to the forced rule and return of democracy, it has witnessed bloodshed in recent times.
As the protests are turning violent, a video surfaced online where a sister was kneeling and pleading to the military to stop shooting protestors and spare the children and take her life instead.
In a recent face-off between the military and the protestors, a sister identified as Ann Rose Nu Tawng, a Nun in Myanmar made herself a bullet shield to protect children who would have been the victims of the junta's forced power.
She stood in front of their guns without protection and begged them not to shoot. When they told her to leave she told them that if they wanted to kill everyone they'd have to kill her first.
The video showed Sister Ann Rose Nu Tawng in a white robe and black habit kneeling in front of the policemen who were also kneeling.
In multiple reports, she was quoted as saying, "I said, I don't want to see any trouble here and can't leave if police don't leave," she said. "I begged them not to shoot the children."
The incident took place in the town of Myitkyina in northern Myanmar on Monday. Images and videos have surfaced on social media that has gone viral. The nun was praised by many and was called as an epitome of courage.
Earlier, on February 28 she made a similar plea for mercy, walking slowly towards police in riot gear, getting on her knees and pleading for them to stop.
Myanmar is witnessing a military coup after Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar's de facto leader, President Win Myint and other senior members of the National League for Democracy (NLD) party have been detained by the military in the capital, Nay Pyi Daw, on February 1.
The military has seized power from the elected government and declared a state of emergency for one year following days of escalating tension over the result of November's parliamentary elections.
The nation has come to standstill demanding an end to the forced rule and return of the democracy.
Reportedly, more than 60 people have been killed in anti-coup demonstrations around the country, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners monitoring group.
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