WOMAN SHOT DURING MYANMAR COUP PROTESTS DIES


20/02/2021




İrem UZUN -TDO- A young woman shot in the head last week during an anti-coup protest in the Myanmar capital died on Friday, a family member told CNN. She is the first known casualty of pro-democracy protests that have been ongoing for two weeks, following the military's seizure of power on February 1.

Mya Thwe Thwe Khaing, 20, was injured last week when police tried to disperse protesters using water cannon, rubber bullets and live rounds. Her wound was consistent with one from live ammunition, rights groups said. The hospital in the capital Nay Pyi Taw confirmed her death at 11:00 local time. A funeral service will be held on Sunday, her family said. "We will look for justice and move forward," a doctor told AFP news agency, adding that staff had faced immense pressure since she was taken to their intensive care unit. Authorities said they would investigate the case.

Mya Thwate Thwate Khaing, a grocery store worker, was among hundreds of thousands across the country who took to the streets in outrage over the ousting of civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi in a military coup.  Friday marks two weeks of daily demonstrations against the military's seizure of power and the arrest of Aung San Suu Kyi and other senior figures from the ruling party.


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