YANGON, Myanmar — A younger lady who was shot within the head by the police final week throughout a protest in opposition to the navy coup in Myanmar died on Friday, her household stated.
Hers was the primary confirmed loss of life among the many hundreds of protesters who’ve confronted off in opposition to safety forces because the junta took energy on Feb. 1, detained the nation’s elected leaders and prevented Parliament from convening.
The girl, Mya Thwet Thwet Khine, was shot throughout an indication within the capital, Naypyidaw, on Feb. 9, two days earlier than her twentieth birthday. Video confirmed her sheltering from water cannons and out of the blue dropping to the bottom after a bullet penetrated the bike helmet she was sporting. She had been on life assist in a hospital since then.
Her sister, talking from the hospital’s mortuary, urged individuals not to surrender their wrestle to revive democracy.
“Please take part and proceed preventing till we obtain our aim,” the girl’s sister, Mya Thatoe Nwe, stated. She stated the funeral will likely be Sunday.
Protesters in Mandalay, the nation’s second-biggest metropolis, arrange a sidewalk shrine with candles and photographs of the lifeless lady. About 200 individuals paid their respects at a memorial ceremony at sundown on the place the place the police dispersed demonstrators with water cannons final week.
A spokesman for the junta didn’t deny that Mya Thwet Thwet Khine had been shot by safety forces, however stated at a information convention this week that she was in a crowd that had thrown rocks on the police.
There have been no impartial accounts of her collaborating in any violence.
Demonstrations continued Friday in Yangon, the nation’s largest metropolis, and elsewhere.
Safety forces have been comparatively restrained thus far in confronting protesters in Yangon, however seemed to be toughening their stance in areas the place there may be much less information media presence.