Protesters attack security forces in Mawlamyine

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One of the injured police members is seen undergoing the treatments. Photo: Office of the Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services

Authorities have issued Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure that prohibits assembly of five or more persons, to ensure the rule of law, peace and stability of the public and to prevent violence.
However, police forces and local authorities arrested protesters after they encountered about 200 local protesters led by Nyo Min (Son of U Htay Win) and Tun Nyein Oo (Son of U Tun Lwin) in front of the Mawlamyine University around 11:20 am yesterday.
Officials reminded them about Section 144. However, they resisted and failed to disperse the crowd, shouting slogans and conducting violent acts.
Security forces arrested Nyo Min and Tun Nyein Oo and discussed with the rector and other officials at Mawlamyine University.
Moreover, the protesters did not disperse themselves and used hand-made weapons, throwing stones at the police.
The security forces fired 10 rubber bullets as the warning shots, but it failed to disperse the crowd and the protesters and then the police had to withdraw their forces.
In the clashes, some police members were injured, while some items of people were damaged as the Myanmar Police Force is taking security measures round the clock, according to the report of Office of Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services. —MNA/GNLM

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