Myanmar: Police fire rubber bullets at anti-coup protesters

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Police have fired rubber bullets and detained protesters at anti-coup rallies in Yangon and different cities throughout Myanmar.

The nation has been shaken by a wave of protests towards the army, which toppled civilian chief Aung San Suu Kyi on February 1.

There had been related standoffs between the police and protesters on Friday.

Police moved in on Saturday after Myanmar’s UN envoy, Kyaw Moe Tun, delivered an emotional plea urging the United Nations to make use of “any means necessary” to cease the coup, which has been internationally criticized.

Protests in Yangon

In Myanmar’s largest metropolis, Yangon, on Saturday, police chased protesters and journalists from the Myaynigone junction.

Hundreds of ethnic Mon protesters had gathered there to commemorate Mon National Day and protest towards the coup. They had been joined by different ethnic minority teams.

Riot police arrived to clear the intersection, pursuing protesters and journalists who ran to cover in close by buildings, information company AFP reported. The police apparently set off stun grenades and fired photographs into the air.

Three journalists had been amongst these detained on Saturday.

“What are the police doing? They are protecting a crazy dictator,” the protesters chanted.

Some protesters scattered into smaller residential streets and began constructing makeshift barricades out of barbed wire and tables to cease the police.

Riot police additionally broke up protests at Hledan intersection, one other key rallying level for demonstrators.

Nationwide protests

Similar scenes performed out within the second metropolis of Mandalay and elsewhere, in line with native media.

A protester within the central city of Monywa stated police had fired water cannon as they surrounded a crowd, information company Reuters reported.

Military chief General Min Aung Hlaing has maintained that authorities are utilizing minimal pressure to counter demonstrators. Nevertheless, at least three protesters have diedin current demonstrations. The military has stated a policeman was additionally killed.

The army has stated it staged the coup over voting irregularities within the November election that gave Suu Kyi’s occasion a landslide win. The nationwide election fee has rejected the allegation.

The junta has additionally stated that it’s going to rule for a 12 months below a state of emergency after which maintain recent elections.

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