Myanmar protesters flee as police fire live rounds and tear gas

Video: https://www.dropbox.com/s/dup19crytmh7pjm/VRP15181.mp4?dl=0

This is the terrifying moment protesters fled after police opened fire with live rounds and tear gas in Myanmar today (Mar 3).

Footage from Sanchaung Township in the former capital Yangon shows how crowds had gathered behind makeshift barricades in the street.

Officers then pushed forwards while firing live rounds, rubber bullets and tear gas. Dozens of locals fled into the safety of nearby homes.

The confrontation came on the same day that at least two people were killed and 15 injured in the town of Myingyan in Mandalay.

Security forces reportedly opened fire with live rounds to quash the protest against the army. Injured locals were carried away in ambulances.  

Unrest has continued for more than a month after the army ousted former leader Aung San Suu Kyi from power on February 1 and seized control of state operations. The Nobel Peace Prize Laurette was seen in court on Monday.

The total 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.