At least nine people have died after troops attempted to force crowds of anti-government protesters off the streets of Myanmar’s main city. Some 200 soldiers marched through central Yangon with loudspeakers, telling demonstrators they had 10 minutes to go home or be shot. Witnesses said it was not clear whether they actually fired into the crowd, but at least nine people, including a Japanese photographer were killed.
Around midday local time, thousands of people had poured onto the streets in another show of defiance against the military regime, which has ruled the former Burma for 45 years. Riot police used tear gas to break up the demonstrations. Witnesses say dozens of protesters had been wounded or beaten in at least four incidents around Yangon after the 10-minute warning was given. It is reported that further protests are planned for Friday.