Myanmar's security forces fired live rounds and rubber bullets at protesters in the country's second-largest city of Mandalay on Feb. 20, leaving at least two dead and about 30 injured. Much of the country has been in an uproar since the military deposed civilian leaders in a coup on Feb 1, with hundreds of thousands of demonstrators taking to the streets to protest against the junta.
On Saturday, hundreds of police and soldiers gathered at Yadanarbon shipyard in Mandalay. Their presence sparked fears among nearby residents that authorities would try to arrest workers for taking part in the anti-coup movement. Banging pots and pans in what has become a signature gesture of defiance, protesters started yelling at the police to leave and throwing rocks at them. But officers opened fire with live rounds, rubber bullets and slingshot balls, dispersing the alarmed protesters.
Authorities have arrested hundreds of people since the putsch in early February, many of them civil servants who had been boycotting work as part of a civil disobedience campaign.
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