Myanmar hits anti-coup protesters with tear gas and rubber bullets

The protesters carried placards, some of which read “We want our leader,” in reference to Suu Kyi, who is currently detained by the military, and “No dictatorship.”

In Yangon’s San Chaung township, scores of teachers marched on the main road, waving a defiant three-finger salute that has become a signature gesture of the protesters. First published on February 9, 2021 / 6:45 AM “We are not worried about their warning. Myanmar police use water cannon, rubber bullets in bid to quash growing anti-coup protests

February 9, 2021 / 6:45 AM
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Protests opposing Myanmar coup grow

Protests opposing Myanmar coup grow

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Yangon — Security forces fired rubber bullets and tear gas at anti-coup protesters in Myanmar on Tuesday as demonstrators around the country defied a military ban on rallies. We cannot accept their excuse of vote fraud. requests to speak to Suu Kyi were denied. Myanmar military blocks internet access

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In a statement read on state media, it said “action must be taken” against activities that threaten stability and public order.Foreign response gains steamNew Zealand on Tuesday became the first foreign government to take concrete public action, announcing the suspension of high-level military and political contacts with Myanmar. “We stand with the people of Burma and support their right to assemble peacefully, including to protest peacefully in support of the democratically elected government,” U.S. We do not want any military dictatorship,” teacher Thein Win Soe told AFP.Defending the coupIn his televised address, his first since the coup, Min Aung Hlaing insisted the seizure of power was justified, citing the fraud claims. He also declared that things would be different from the army’s previous 49-year reign, which ended in 2011. State Department spokesman Ned Price said Monday, using Myanmar’s former name. But those pledges were accompanied by threats. “After the tasks of the emergency period are completed, free and fair multi-party general elections will be held according to the constitution,” he said. Price also said U.S. In the face of the increasingly bold wave of defiance, the military warned that opposition to the junta was unlawful. Protests erupted for a fourth straight day against last week’s coup to oust civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, as international condemnation of the putsch grew. But on Tuesday, fresh protests initially emerged in various parts of Yangon, including near the headquarters of Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD). The NLD won last November’s national elections by a landslide but the military never accepted the legitimacy of the vote. I’m very worried about him.” In Mandalay, the country’s second-biggest city, police fired tear gas to disperse protesters. A police officer takes aim at a group of protesters rallying against the military coup and demanding the release of elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi, in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, February 9, 2021. The United States has led global calls for the generals to relinquish power, and issued a fresh statement on Monday following the junta’s warnings against the protesters. “My son was shot when he tried to use the megaphone to ask people to protest peacefully after the police used water cannon to disperse them,” the 56-year-old goldsmith told AFP. The rallies came despite a warning from the junta that it would take action against demonstrations that threatened “stability,” and a new ban on gatherings of more than five people. Myanmar’s military junta leader, General Min Aung Hlaing, delivers a nationally televised address from the capital Naypyitaw, February 8, 2021. Trending News

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After watching hundreds of thousands of people rally in opposition to last week’s coup, junta chief General Min Aung Hlaing made a televised speech on Monday evening to justify seizing power. That’s why we came out today. Protesters rally against the military coup and demand the release of elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi, in Yangon, Myanmar, February 9, 2021. The UN Human Rights Council said it would hold a relatively rare special session on Friday to discuss the crisis. Shortly after the coup, the military announced a one-year state of emergency and promised to hold fresh elections after that. It remained unclear how many people were hurt, as a hospital in Naypyidaw would not allow relatives in to see their family members, said Tun Wai, who rushed there when he heard his 23-year-old son was in the operating room. MRTV/REUTERS

Min Aung Hlaing on Monday insisted the military would abide by its promises and reinstall democracy. Pope Francis on Monday called for the prompt release of imprisoned political leaders. STRINGER/REUTERS

The first of a series of bans on gatherings in protest hotspots was also announced on Monday, as was a nighttime curfew. STRINGER/REUTERS

“They fired warning shots to the sky two times, then they fired [at protesters] with rubber bullets,” a resident told AFP, adding that he saw some people injured. “He got hit in the back… In Naypyidaw, the remote capital purpose-built by the previous military regime, witnesses said police fired rubber bullets at protesters after earlier blasting them with water cannon.