Press-Telegram (Long Beach)

Protests, tear gas after UN envoy urges action

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YANGON, MYANMAR » Security forces in Myanmar again used force Saturday to disperse anti-coup protesters, a day after a U.N. special envoy urged the Security Council to take action to quell junta violence that this past week left more than 50 peaceful demonstrat­ors dead and scores injured.

Protests were reported Saturday morning in the country’s biggest city, Yangon, where stun grenades and tear gas were used against demonstrat­ors. On Wednesday, 18 people were reported killed there.

Protests also took place in several other cities, including Mandalay, the second-biggest city; and Myitkyina, the capital of the northern state of Kachin. Demonstrat­ors in the city of Monywa poured cans of beer over their feet to show their contempt for the brewery’s owners — the military. Myanmar Beer is one of a number of business concerns in the country that are linked to the generals and has seen its sales plummet.

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