Myanmar police fire live rounds at protesters in deadly street battle as six die around the country

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Myanmar police opened fire on protesters this morning (Feb 28) killing at least six people and injuring dozens more.

Footage shows the chaotic war-zone like scene in the Hledan area of the former capital Yangon as officers open fire in the street and residents flee in terror. Two people were shot during the exchanges, with one killed and one seriously injured.

Pictures from the brutal crackdown showed a bloodbath with injured protesters being carried in by paramedics.

The unrest came a month after the military ousted former leader Aung San Suu Kyi from power on February 1 and seized control of state operations. The Nobel Peace Prize Laurette has not been seen or heard from since and concern is growing for her welfare.

On Thursday there were clashes between pro-military supporters and protesters, with one man being stabbed. Similar clashes between police and protesters happened on Friday and Saturday.

The death toll from the protests is unclear – with some reports from local media claiming dozens of people have been killed. Human rights groups have expressed growing concern.

International pressure on Myanmar, still known as Burma, has escalated with the U.S. government warning of sanctions on the country.

Burma was governed by Britain from 1824 to 1948, during which time it became the second-wealthiest country in Southeast Asia but following independence was ruled by the military until 2011 when democratic reforms began. It changed its name to Myanmar.