Myanmar police fire rubber bullets as protesters defy ban

Police fire rubber bullets as protesters defy ban
Water cannon was deployed against protesters for a second day. Source: Reuters
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Daily US Times: Myanmar police have fired rubber bullets during a demonstration in the capital Nay Pyi Taw, as thousands defied a ban on protests.

Tear gas and water cannons have also been used against protesters, who are standing against a coup that removed the elected government last week.

At least two protesters have been seriously injured, BBC has reported.

The fourth day of consecutive protests against the military coup is under way, despite new restrictions being introduced on Monday.

Both a night-time curfews and ban on large public gatherings have been instigated in some cities, with military leader Min Aung Hlaing warning that no-one is above the law.

Protesters in the country have been demanding the release of elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi, along with senior leaders of her National League for Democracy Party (NLD).

Ms Suu Kyi was arrested when the military seized power. The army has declared a year-long state of emergency and claimed, without evidence, that an earlier election was fraudulent.

Earlier on Tuesday, police began using water cannon against protesters in Capital city Nay Pyi Taw.

But the crowd withstood the barrage of water fired at them and refused to retreat, according to Reuters.

“End the military dictatorship,” people chanted.

Warning shots were eventually fired into the air, before rubber bullets were fired at protesters.

Two people have seriously injured so far, according to BBC Burmese.

There are a lot of unconfirmed reports of police officers crossing over to join protesters.

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