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Protests continue in Myanmar despite gathering bans

YANGON

Protests across Myanmar against last week’s military coup and leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s detention continued Tuesday for a fourth day, with thousands of people demonstrating in Yangon and other cities despite bans on gatherings issued the previous day.

Police used water cannon against protesters in the country’s capital Naypyitaw for a second day, as well as in the southern central Bago Region.

With people from the city’s outskirts joining the protests, police closed bridges early Tuesday, according to local media reports. But traffic was later allowed to resume, enabling protesters shouting “We want Democracy” to cross the bridges, some accepting rides on trucks.

In Yangon and Mandalay, an 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. curfew and bans on gatherings of five or more people as well as motorized processions were issued Monday, as authorities cited threats to public security, the rule of law and stability.

Local media reported similar restrictions were imposed in other regions, including Sagaing Region in northwestern Myanmar and Kayah state in the east.

Opponents of the military coup continued to hold peaceful demonstrations and the number of the protesters nationwide had reached 100,000 by Monday night.

The military launched the coup after questioning the legitimacy of last November’s general election — which the NLD won by a landslide, defeating the military-backed opposition party — suggesting it was not held freely and fairly.

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