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Myanmar citizens protest military coup that overthrew elected leader

Posted at 3:58 PM, Feb 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-17 15:58:32-05

Hundreds of thousands of people marched in Myanmar today in opposition to this month's military coup.

A huge crowd blocked a street in the country's commercial capital, Yangon.

They carried protest signs and chanted in opposition to the army, which insists that the public supports the coup.

Massive protests have taken place across the country following the overthrow of Myanmar's elected leader, Aung San Suu Kyi.

Today's demonstrations were largely peaceful.

But security forces opened fire with rubber bullets yesterday in a town west of Yangon.

Police advanced with a line of riot shields toward protesters then opened fire to get them to retreat.

Opponents of the coup are deeply skeptical of the Junta's assurances that there would be a fair election and that it would hand over power.

The army asserts that its seizure of power was in line with Myanmar's constitution and it remains committed to democracy.