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Myanmar protesters defy ban on gatherings

DW, 09 Feb 2021
Security forces in Myanmar on Tuesday used rubber bullets and tear gas against anti-coup protesters who rallied to defy a ban on gatherings. Demonstrators want power restored to the deposed civilian government and freedom for the nation's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her allies. Protesters against the Myanmar military coup took to the streets of the country's major cities for the fourth day in succession. Police in the capital, Naypyidaw, fired rubber bullets at the demonstrators after earlier blasting them with water cannon.

Coup leaders had issued decrees on Monday night that banned gatherings of more than five people in the remote capital, which was purpose-built by the previous military regime. It was also imposed in the largest and second-largest cities of Yangon and Mandalay. Thousands of people have been demonstrating in both places since Saturday.

Protesters want power restored to the deposed elected government and freedom for Suu Kyi. The military detained her and other members of her National League for Democracy (NLD) when it blocked a new session of parliament from convening on February 1.

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