Myanmar police moved quickly on Sunday (Feb 28) to stamp out protests against military rule, throwing stun grenades and firing into the air a day after the most extensive crackdown yet, and several people were wounded, media and witnesses said. Several bloodied people were seen being helped away from protests in the main city of Yangon in images posted by media outlets, but it was not clear if they were hurt by rubber bullets or live fire. The Myanmar Now media group said people had been “gunned down” but it did not elaborate. The police action came after state television announced that Myanmar’s UN envoy had been fired for betraying the country after he urged the United Nations to use “any means necessary” to reverse the Feb 1 coup that ousted elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Myanmar was thrown into chaos when the army seized power and detained Aung San Suu Kyi and much of her party leadership, alleging fraud in a November election her party won in a landslide. The coup, which stalled Myanmar’s progress toward democracy after nearly 50 years of military rule, has brought hundreds of thousands of protesters onto the streets and drawn condemnation from Western countries,… Read full this story
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