Myanmar coup: Police fire rubber bullets as protesters defy ban


Police in Myanmar have fired rubber bullets during a demonstration in the capital Nay Pyi Taw, as thousands defied a ban on protests. Water cannon and tear gas have also been used against protesters, but reports of live bullet usage are unconfirmed. One woman is in hospital in a critical condition with a head wound.

Protesters are standing against a military coup that removed the elected government last week. Tuesday was the fourth consecutive day of protests. A ban on large public gatherings and night-time curfews has been instigated in some cities, with military leader Min Aung Hlaing warning that no-one is above the law. The demonstrators are demanding the release of elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi, along with senior leaders of her National League for Democracy Party (NLD). She was arrested when the military seized power and declared a year-long state of emergency on 1 February. The NLD said its party headquarters in Yangon had been “raided and destroyed” by the military.(BBC)…[+]