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Warning shots fired at protesters in Myawaddy, 6 arrested


A TENSE confrontation between anti-coup protesters and Myanmar police today (Feb. 7) at Myawaddy town, just across the river from Thai Mae Sot town, ended after police fired warning shots and then moved in to arrest them with six rounded up so far, Sanook.com reported.

Those rallying on Myawaddy’s streets called for the release of elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi, President Win Myint and other leaders of the National League for Democracy (NLD).

As the police moved in a tense confrontation erupted with protesters placing water bottles on the ground to divide the boundary between the two sides.

However the confrontation escalated with the loud din of local people shouting anti-coup slogans.

Policemen then fired shots in the air and on the ground triggering panic and retreat by the protesters. The officers then moved in to arrest the protesters and succeeded in catching six of them.

However there were no reports of any injuries or death.


Myanmar police and protesters face off in Myawaddy today. Photos: Sanook.com

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