Press-Telegram (Long Beach)
Protests, tear gas after UN envoy urges action
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.