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First deaths as Myanmar reacts to street protests

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First deaths as Myanmar reacts to street protests


The military rulers of Myanmar, the former Burma, have spoken for the first time about the pro-democracy demonstrations, admitting that at least one person has been killed.

The UN Security Council meets tonight to discuss how to react to the violence.

Clashes between demonstrators and riot police have left a reported five people dead, and many more injured. This latest day of protests was again led by monks and nuns; the five victims are all believed to be monks.

Reports from Yangon say troops fired warning shots and tear gas to break up demonstrations, arresting hundreds of people.

Pictures of the protests have been smuggled out of the former capital. Other marches and demonstrations have apparently been taking place in towns and cities across Myanmar.

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