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Protestors in Myanmar hit with tear gas and stun grenades; U.N envoy calls for action

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Protestors in Myanmar hit with tear gas and stun grenades; U.N envoy calls for action

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On Saturday, Myanmar security forces used tear gas and stun grenades to break up a protest in Yangon, hours after a United Nations special envoy called on the Security Council to take action against the ruling junta for the killings of protesters.

More than 50 protesters have been killed since the coup, with at least 38 on Wednesday alone, according to the United Nations’

The backstory: The Southeast Asian country of Myanmar has been in turmoil since the military coup that overthrew and detained elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi on 1 February. The country’s administration and businesses are at a standstill as daily protests and strikes remain underway.

Inside the protests on Saturday: As citizens protested against the military, local media reported that police fired tear gas shells and stun grenades to break up a protest in the Sanchaung district of Yangon, which is the country’s biggest city. There were no reports of casualties.

Death toll: More than 50 protesters have been killed since the coup, with at least 38 on Wednesday alone, according to the United Nations. Protesters are demanding the release of Suu Kyi and the respect of November’s election, that was won by her party in a landslide, but which the army rejected.

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