Hundreds of thousands of Myanmar residents demonstrated on Friday against the military coup in their country.
At least three people were injured when police began firing rubber bullets at a crowd in Mawlamyine, according to one witness.
These are the largest demonstrations since the military took power a week and a half ago as far as is known. Video footage shows police in Mawlamyine clashing with protesters.
They threw stones and then shots sounded. “Three people have been shot,” said a Red Cross employee who witnessed the violence. “The crowd is still growing.”
Supporters of the arrested leader Aung San Suu Kyi also took to the streets in other countries. Protests were held in the capital Naypyidaw, the city of Dawei and the provincial capital Myitkyina in Kachin, among others.
In Yangon, the country’s largest city, hundreds of doctors passed by the famous Shwedagon Pagoda and football fans also took to the streets.