Demonstrators began the fourth day of protests on Tuesday, defying a ban on gatherings of five or more people, and threats from coup leader Senior General Minh Aung Laing to take “action” against large rallies.
Police in Myanmar’s capital Naypyitaw fired gunshots into the air to disperse demonstrations against the ruling military, as protesters defied bans on gatherings amid nationwide outrage at last week’s coup and international observers call on the military to refrain from violence.
Witnesses told AFP news agency
” The police initially used water cannon, not in the direction of the crowd, and tried to push them back. However, demonstrators responded with projectiles and cause the corps to fire warning shots to the sky two times, then fired rubber bullets at protesters again which got them running away.”
In Yangon’s San Chaung township, dozens of teachers marched on the main road, waving a defiant three-finger salute, a gesture borrowed from pro-democracy movements across Asia.
“We are teachers, We want justice”! “Free Daw Aung San Suu Kyi!” they yelled as they marched down the main road, where cars passing by honked their horns in support.
Footage on social media showed people running with the sound of several gunfires in the distance while some people injured.