© Reuters. Protest in opposition to the navy coup in Myanmar


(Reuters) – Police fired gunshots into the air and used water cannon and rubber bullets on Tuesday as protesters throughout Myanmar defied bans on massive gatherings to oppose a navy coup that halted a tentative transition to democracy.

4 folks have been damage by rubber bullets within the capital Naypyitaw, and one in all them, a lady, was in crucial situation with a head wound, a health care provider mentioned.

The Feb. 1 coup and detention of elected civilian chief Aung San Suu Kyi has introduced the most important demonstrations in additional than a decade and a rising civil disobedience motion affecting hospitals, colleges and authorities workplaces.

Witnesses mentioned police fired weapons into the air in Naypyitaw as a crowd refused to disperse on the fourth straight day of protests. One witness informed Reuters demonstrators ran away as weapons have been fired into the air.

A physician mentioned 4 folks, together with the lady with a head wound, have been dropped at his hospital after being struck by rubber bullets.

Police had earlier fired water cannon on the protesters, who responded by throwing projectiles, the witness mentioned.

Video from the city of Bago, northeast of the business hub of Yangon, confirmed police confronting a big crowd and blasting them with jets from water cannon.

Police arrested a minimum of 27 demonstrators within the second-biggest metropolis of Mandalay, together with a journalist, home media organisations mentioned.

The unrest has revived recollections of just about half a century of direct military rule till the navy started a means of withdrawing from civilian politics in 2011, although it by no means gave up its general management over the Suu Kyi’s civilian authorities after it gained a 2015 election.

That transformation was dropped at a halt by the coup that ousted the federal government because it was getting ready to start its second time period in workplace after Suu Kyi’s Nationwide League for Democracy (NLD) swept a November election.

“We’re so disenchanted and so unhappy at any time when we take into consideration why this has befallen us once more,” Yangon resident Khin Min Soe mentioned of the return of navy rule.

Guarantees on Monday from junta chief Basic Min Aung Hlaing to ultimately maintain a brand new election in his first deal with since seizing energy drew scorn. He repeated unproven accusations of fraud within the election which he used to justify the coup.

“We are going to proceed to battle,” youth activist Maung Saungkha mentioned in a press release, calling for the discharge of political prisoners and the top of “dictatorship”.

Activists are additionally looking for the abolition of a 2008 structure drawn up beneath navy supervision that gave the generals a veto in parliament and management of a number of ministries, and for a federal system in ethnically numerous Myanmar.

An older technology of activists who confronted the navy in bloody 1988 protests referred to as for strike motion by authorities employees for an additional three weeks.

The civil disobedience motion, led by hospital employees, has resulted in a plunge in coronavirus exams, official testing figures confirmed.

Myanmar has suffered one of many worst coronavirus outbreaks in Southeast Asia with 31,177 deaths from greater than 141,000 circumstances.


A curfew from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. has been imposed on Yangon and Mandalay.

State media signalled attainable motion in opposition to the protests on Monday when it mentioned the general public wished rid of “wrongdoers” and whereas orders banning gatherings of greater than 4 folks have been imposed, there was no elaboration from authorities.

In his first televised deal with as junta chief on Monday, Min Aung Hlaing mentioned the junta would type a “true and disciplined democracy”, completely different to earlier eras of navy rule, which introduced years of isolation and poverty.

“We can have a multiparty election and we’ll hand the ability to the one who wins,” he mentioned. The electoral fee had dismissed his accusations of fraud in final yr’s poll.

Min Aung Hlaing gave no time-frame however the junta has mentioned a state of emergency will final one yr.

Western governments have broadly condemned the coup, though there was little concrete motion to press the generals.

New Zealand has suspended all high-level political and navy contact and can guarantee help doesn’t profit the navy and impose a journey ban on its leaders.

A Singapore businessman plans to exit his funding in a Myanmar tobacco agency linked to the navy, becoming a member of Japanese drinks large Kirin Holdings which final week scrapped its Myanmar beer alliance.

The U.N. Safety Council has referred to as for the discharge of SuuKyi and different detainees. The U.N. Human Rights Council will maintain a particular session on Friday to debate the disaster on the behest of Britain and the European Union.

Suu Kyi gained the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 for campaigning for democracy and spent practically 15 years beneath home arrest.

The 75-year-old faces fees of illegally importing six walkie-talkies and is being held in police detention till Feb. 15. Her lawyer mentioned he has not been allowed to see her. The U.S. State Division mentioned it tried to succeed in her however was denied.

Suu Kyi stays massively common at house despitedamage to her worldwide fame over the plight of theMuslim Rohingya minority.