Myanmar protesters continue to occupy streets

Hundreds of protesters, many wearing hard hats and clutching makeshift shields, gathered behind barricades in different parts of Yangon to chant slogans against military rule.

There were no reports of injuries in Yangon but four people were wounded in the northwestern town of Kale, where police fired live ammunition to disperse a crowd after protesters threw things at advancing police, a witnesses said.

At least 21 protesters have been killed since the turmoil began. The army has said one policemen was killed.

The Feb. 1 coup halted Myanmar's tentative steps towards democracy after nearly 50 years of military rule, and has drawn condemnation and sanctions from the United States and other Western countries, and growing concern among its neighbours.