Myanmar Police Fire Tear Gas, Rubber Bullets At Protesters

A protester prepares to throw a part of banana towards the police during a protest against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, Tuesday, March 2, 2021. Demonstrators in Myanmar took to the streets again on Tuesday to protest last month's seizure of power by the military, as foreign ministers from Southeast Asian countries prepared to meet to discuss the political crisis. Police in Yangon, Myanmar's biggest city, used tear gas against the protesters. (AP Photo)

(AP) — Police in Myanmar repeatedly used tear gas and rubber bullets against crowds protesting last month’s coup. But the demonstrators regrouped Tuesday after each volley and tried to defend themselves with barricades as standoffs between protesters and security forces intensified. Myanmar authorities have escalated their crackdown on the protests in recent days. The United Nations said it believed at least 18 people were killed on Sunday by security forces. Foreign ministers from Southeast Asian countries were meeting Tuesday to discuss the increasingly volatile crisis. Despite the crackdown, demonstrators have continued to flood the streets. The Feb. 1 coup reversed years of slow progress toward democracy in Myanmar after five decades of military rule.


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