Myanmar protesters voice defiance

Demonstrators in Myanmar maintained their unflinching opposition to military rule on Sunday (March 21) - despite a rising death toll at the hands of security forces.

A convoy of hundreds of protesters on motorbikes drove through the southern city of Dawei on Sunday, joining demonstrators around the country.

While the junta appeared equally determined to resist growing outside pressure to compromise.

At least one person was killed and several wounded when police opened fire on a group setting up a barricade in the central town of Monywa.

After a decade of tentative steps towards democracy, the violence has forced people determined to resist a return to military rule, to think up new ways to take a stand.

Hundreds of people in the second city of Mandalay, including many medical staff in white coats, marched before sunrise

With the latest killing, the death toll since the coup rose to at least to 248, based on a tally by the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners activist group.

The junta says a November 8th election won by Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi's party was fraudulent - an accusation rejected by the electoral commission.

Military leaders have promised a new election, but have not set a date.