Myanmar marchers carry new year flowers in protest

As Tuesday also marked the first day of Myanmar's new year's holiday, or Thingyan, the Dawei protesters carried flowers, normally displayed during festivities to mark the new year.

Opponents of the military government across the country have canceled traditional festivities and instead showed their anger through silent displays of defiance and small protests across the country.

The five-day holiday is usually celebrated with prayers, ritual cleaning of Buddha images in temples, the displaying of ornate flowers, and high-spirited water-dousing on the streets.

The coup mounted against an elected government on Feb. 1 has plunged Myanmar into crisis after 10 years of tentative steps toward democracy.