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Myanmar coup: Police use water cannon to disperse protesting crowd

Nay Pyi Taw: Police in Myanmar’s capital Nay Pyi Taw used water cannon to disperse people protesting against the military coup on Monday.

Thousands of people took part in the rally on the third straight day of street protests, calling for the release of their elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi and demanding that democracy be restored in the country, a BBC report said.

People from different walks of life gathered in Nay Pyi Taw for the protest, even as other cities like Mandalay and Yangon also reported large scale protests, according to BBC Burmese. The protesters include teachers, lawyers, bank officers and government workers.

A video has surfaced showing the police using water cannon in Nay Pyi Taw. It also shows the protesters rubbing their eyes and helping one another after being soaked.

Myanmar state TV broadcasted a warning to protesters that action will be taken against them if they threaten public safety or the “rule of law”.

This comes a day after Myanmar saw its largest protest in more than a decade.

Last week Myanmar military in a coup seized power after claiming that widespread irregularities had been committed in an election held earlier.

The military also declared a year-long state of emergency in Myanmar, and power has been handed over to commander-in-chief Min Aung Hlaing.

Ms Suu Kyi and senior leaders of her National League for Democracy Party (NLD), including President Win Myint, have been put under house arrest.

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