Security forces in Burma have again used gunfire to disperse demonstrators in the main city, Rangoon, as hundreds, perhaps thousands defy the security forces of the ruling junta.
Television footage showed hundreds, maybe thousands of people getting beaten and tear-gassed by security forces in various parts of Rangoon.
This protester told VOA by telephone from Rangoon that one of the rallies happened at the Sule Pagoda Friday, which has been a focal point of the demonstrations.
She said police and soldiers used live ammunition and batons against the demonstrators. "There were a few hundred people singing the national anthem and then the soldiers shoot at them.
Then, about 40 were taken away." Witnesses said there were fewer Buddhist monks among the protesters than in recent days. Security forces have been raiding monasteries and rounding up hundreds of monks who the government accuses of instigating the protests.
This video was provided by Mizzima News.