Myanmar police fired into the air and used water cannon on Tuesday as protesters throughout the nation defied bans on huge gatherings to indicate their opposition to a navy coup that halted a tentative transition to democracy.

The February 1 coup and subsequent detention of democratic chief Aung San Suu Kyi have introduced the biggest demonstrations in additional than a decade and a rising civil disobedience motion affecting hospitals, faculties and authorities places of work.

Witnesses mentioned police fired weapons into the air within the capital, Naypyidaw, as the gang refused to disperse on the fourth straight day of protests.

One witness instructed Reuters that demonstrators ran away as weapons have been fired into the air. Media later reported that police have been utilizing rubber bullets.

Police had earlier fired water cannon on the protesters, who responded by throwing projectiles, the witness mentioned. Footage on social media confirmed individuals operating, with the sound of gunshots within the distance.

Police have arrested at the least 27 demonstrators within the second-biggest metropolis of Mandalay, together with a journalist, native media organisations mentioned.