One woman was shot, dozens were injured and several were detained as Myanmar’s security forces intensified crackdown against anti-coup protesters.
On Saturday protests continued in cities across the country for the 27th straight day. In the main city of Yangon, crowds of protesters were advanced upon by police firing tear gas.
Witnesses who spoke to the Reuters news agency said people were arrested and beaten by police, who also reportedly fired into the air, with similar clashes reported in the second city of Mandalay.
A number of local media outlets reported that a woman had been shot at a protest in the central city of Monwya, close to Mandalay.
An ambulance service official later told the Reuters news agency she was in hospital, contradicting other reports she had died.
A medic in the town told the AFP news agency he had also seen a man “severely injured” in his leg with at least 10 others treated for more minor injuries. Local media there also reported alleged beatings by plainclothes officers.
Protesters in some places, including Yangon, were seen building makeshift barricades to try and hinder the crackdown against them.
It comes a day after the country’s envoy to the United Nations pleaded with the organisation to stop the coup.
Ambassador Kyaw Moe Tun, speaking on behalf of the ousted government of Aung San Suu Kyi, appealed for the UN to use “any means necessary to take action” against the military to help “restore the democracy”.
“We need further strongest possible action from the international community to immediately end the military coup,” he said, signing off his address with a three-finger salute used by pro-democracy protesters.
General Min Aung Hlaing has defended the coup he led, but at least three protesters and one policeman have died so far in violence against it.
The nation has been rocked by weeks of protests since senior government leaders, including Ms Suu Kyi, were overthrown and detained.