Myanmar: Police use water cannon as thousands strike against coup

Police use water cannon as thousands strike against coup
Police used water cannon on protesters and there were reports of a few injuries. Source: Reuters
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Daily US Times: Police in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar’s capital, have used water cannon on workers conducting a nationwide strike against a military coup.

Thousands of people are taking part in a third day of street protests, calling for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and for democracy to be restored.

State TV has warned protesters that action will be taken if they threaten the “rule of law” or public safety.

Police used water cannon comes a day after Myanmar, also known as Burma, saw its largest protest in more than a decade.

The military seized power last week after claiming without evidence that an earlier election was fraudulent.

They also declared a year-long state of emergency in the country, also known as Burma, and power has been handed over to commander-in-chief Min Aung Hlaing.

The country’s de facto leader Ms Suu Kyi and senior leaders of her National League for Democracy Party (NLD), including President Win Myint, have been put under house arrest.

Tens of thousands of people had gathered in Nay Pyi Taw for the strike by Monday morning, with other cities such as Yangon and Mandalay also reporting significant numbers, according to BBC Burmese.

The protesters include lawyers, teachers, bank officers and government workers.

One demonstrating doctor – who wished to be unnamed – told the BBC: “Today, we, professionals – especially civil servant professionals such as doctors, engineers and teachers – came out to show that we are all together in this. Our objective is the same – to make the dictatorship fall.”

Online there had been calls asking workers to skip work to protest.

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