Myanmar Police Fire Tear Gas, Rubber Bullets at Protesters


Police in Myanmar repeatedly used tear gas and rubber bullets Tuesday against crowds protesting last month’s coup, but the demonstrators regrouped 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, making mass arrests and firing into the crowds.

The United Nations said it believed at least 18 people were killed on Sunday by security forces. Despite the crackdown, demonstrators have continued to flood the streets—and are beginning to more rigorously resist attempts to disperse them. Some fear the junta’s escalating use of force is meant to provoke a violent backlash by the demonstrators—who have largely remained nonviolent—in order to discredit them and justify an even harsher crackdown.

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Associated Press