Myanmar police fire into the air, use water cannons to quell protests

Myanmar police fired gunshots into the air and used water cannons on Tuesday as protesters across the country defied bans on big gatherings to show their opposition to a military coup that halted a tentative transition to democracy. The Feb. 1 coup and detention of elected civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi has brought the largest demonstrations in more than a decade and a growing civil disobedience movement affecting hospitals, schools and government offices.

Witnesses said police fired guns into the air in the capital, Naypyitaw, as the crowd refused to disperse on the fourth straight day of protests.

One witness told Reuters demonstrators ran away as guns were fired into the air. Media later reported police fired rubber bullets.

Police had earlier fired water cannon at the protesters, who responded by throwing projectiles, the witness said. Footage on social media showed people running, with the sound of several gunshots in the distance.

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