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Pro-army mob attacks anti-coup protesters in Myanmar

A PRO-ARMY mob attacked protesters against Myanmar’s coup today in the country’s largest city Yangon.

A crowd of several hundred marched carrying banners supporting the coup, reading We Stand With Our Defence Services and We Stand with State Administration Council, the junta’s name for itself.

Protesters against the military takeover outside Yangon’s Central Railway station then began jeering the marchers, who attacked them with slingshots, stones, iron bars and knives. Phone footage shows a man being stabbed and police standing watching the violence without intervening.

Hundreds of protesters have been arrested since the Burmese military seized power on February 1, claiming elections won overwhelmingly by Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) last year were rigged. Ms Suu Kyi has been detained but some NLD MPs have announced the formation of an alternative government.

Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi held talks with coup leaders and the Thai government in Bangkok on Wednesday, and called for dialogue and the avoidance of bloodshed.

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