Junta cracks down on protesters regardless of UN attraction

Yangon, March 6

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

Protests were reported on Saturday in the country’s biggest city, Yangon, where stun grenades and tear gas were used against demonstrators. On Wednesday, 18 people were killed there. The escalation of violence has put pressure on the world community to act to restrain the junta, which seized power on February 1 by ousting Aung San Suu Kyi. Several countries have imposed sanctions on military leaders. — Agencies

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