Security forces were heard firing shots after dark in Myanmar’s second largest city of Mandalay in a confrontation with striking railway workers, Wednesday, February 17.
READ MORE: An apparent record number of people demonstrated Wednesday in Myanmar against the military since it’s February 1 coup, despite a ban on gatherings of at least five people.
Protesters demonstrated in the streets in the capital of Naypyitaw, the country’s second largest city of Mandalay, and in Yangon, where the turnout appeared to be one of the largest since the military takeover.
Scores of private and public sector employees and civil servants joined the mass demonstrations against the coup by walking off their jobs — despite a military order to return to work and threats of action against them.
Protesters also streamed into the streets of Mandalay, where security forces two days earlier pointed guns at about 1,000 demonstrators and attacked them with sticks and slingshots. Local news accounts said police also fired rubber bullets into a crowd, injuring several people.