20:15 GMT28 February 2021
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    Mass protests against the military began in Myanmar on Saturday, with tens of thousands taking to the streets of the country's biggest city Yangon to denounce the coup.

    Tens of thousands of people have taken part in Myanmar's nationwide protests against the military coup for the third consecutive day with police using water cannons to disperse the crowds, national media reported on Monday.

    According to reports, law enforcement has fired water cannon in short bursts against thousands of protesters.

    Demonstrations broke out on Saturday morning after the Southeast Asian country went into its second nationwide internet shutdown since the military seized power and arrested civilian leaders last week.

    Internet and mobile service provider Telenor confirmed on Saturday that the internet blackout was ordered by the army. NetBlocks, a service tracking internet traffic, said connectivity was at 16 percent of the usual levels.

    Last Monday, ​Myanmar's military took control of the country and declared a year-long state of emergency after accusing State Counsellor San Suu Kyi's party of fraud over its recent election victory, reversing the democratic transition underway in the country since 2011 after over five decades of military rule.

    According to reports, the Myanmar police have filed charges against State Counsellor San Suu Kyi and President U Win Myint and remanded them in custody until 15 February.

    Global leaders, including US President Joe Biden, condemned the military coup and called for the urgent release of all detainees.

    The UN human rights chief called on the international community to support Myanmar's people and take steps to prevent the crumbling of recent democratic and rights gains made by Myanmar during its transition from military rule.

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