Bloodiest day in Myanmar protests as shots fired into crowds leave 18 dead

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Police in Myanmar have fired tear gas, water cannons and stun grenades at pro-democracy protestors, killing at least four and leaving several wounded.

Violence erupted in the major city Yangon when a woman died after police broke up a teachers’ protest with stun grenades, though the cause of her death might have been a heart attack, her daughter and a colleague said.

Several people were being helped away, leaving blood-smeared pavements, after police opened fire, images posted on social media showed.

Protesters take cover as they clash with riot police officers
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Protesters take cover as they clash with riot police officers
Riot police officers fire teargas canisters during a protest in Yangon
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Riot police officers fire teargas canisters during a protest in Yangon

But protesters refused to back down. “If they push us, we’ll rise. If they attack us, we’ll defend. We’ll never kneel down to the military boots,” said Nyan Win Shein from one Yangon protest.

Footage also showed protesters running away from police as officers charged at them, makeshift roadblocks being put up to slow the police advance and protesters being bundled into police trucks to be taken away.

Sounds of gunfire could be heard and what appeared to be smoke grenades thrown into the crowds.

Demonstrators clash with riot police officers during a protest against the military coup in Yangon
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Demonstrators clash with riot police officers during a protest against the military coup in Yangon
A wounded protester is carried amid protests in Dawei
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A wounded protester is carried amid protests in Dawei

Police also opened fire in the southern town of Dawei, killing three and wounding several others, politician Kyaw Min Htike told Reuters news agency.

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The unrest comes after the military took over and detained elected government leader Aung San Suu Kyi and much of her party’s leadership, due to alleged fraud in the party’s landslide victory in November’s elections.

The coup, which brought a halt to tentative steps towards democracy after nearly 50 years of military rule, has drawn hundreds of thousands on to the streets and the condemnation of Western countries.

Police form up at a junction in Dawei
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Police form up at a junction in Dawei
A protester flees from teargas during a rally
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A protester flees from teargas during a rally

Myanmar is like a battlefield,” the Buddhist-majority country’s first Catholic cardinal, Charles Maung Bo, said on Twitter.

A group called the Whitecoat Alliance of medics said more than 50 medical staff had been arrested.

State-run MRTV television said more than 470 people had been arrested on Saturday after police launched the nationwide crackdown.

Protesters made the three-fingered salute in Yangon on Saturday
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Protesters made the three-fingered salute in Yangon on Saturday

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab is calling on the United Nation to take action and ramp up the pressure on the military to step aside.

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