Myanmar streets in ruins after deadly clashes with police


Myanmar streets were in ruins today (March 18) following continued clashes with police and soldiers.

Footage from the Bayint Naung Road in the Insein Township former capital Yangon shows fires, smoke and debris strewn across the street.

It came after clashes between protesters and security forces enforcing the military control of the former British settlement.

More than 200 people are believed to have been killed after the army removed leader Aung San Suu Kyi and seized power with a coup on February 1. Live rounds, tear gas, rubber bullets are among the forms of attack that have been used against crowds making political protests.

International pressure on Myanmar, still also known as Burma, has escalated with the U.S. government putting sanctions on the country to strengthen its response to the military coup.

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 and Aung San Suu Kyi later took over as leader before introducing democratic reforms.