Myanmar security forces disperse anti-coup protesters

YANGON, MYANMAR (AP) — Security forces in Myanmar’s largest city yesterday fired warning shots and beat truncheons against their shields while moving to disperse more than 1,000 anti-coup protesters.

The demonstrators had gathered in front of a popular shopping mall in Yangon, holding placards and chanting slogans denouncing the February 1 coup even as the security presence increased and a water-cannon truck was brought to the area.

When around 50 riot police moved against the protesters, warning shots could be heard, and at least one demonstrator was held by officers.

Security forces chased the protesters off the main road and continued to pursue them in the nearby lanes, as some ducked into houses to hide.

The confrontation underscored the rising tensions between a growing popular revolt and Myanmar’s Generals who toppled the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi in a takeover that shocked the international community and reversed years of slow progress towards democracy.

University teachers display images of deposed Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi during a street march in Yangon, Myanmar. PHOTO: AP