20-year-old protester dies of gunshot wound in Myanmar as demonstrations in opposition to navy coup proceed

A younger protester in Myanmar, who was shot within the head final week as police dispersed crowds, died Feb. 19, the primary demise amongst opponents of the navy coup. (Reuters)

Myanmar’s navy has denied utilizing deadly power on the Feb. 9 protest within the capital Naypyidaw, the place Mya Thwate Thwate Khaing went to show in a purple T-shirt and protecting helmet, Reuters reported.

However video footage of the occasion, analyzed by Human Rights Watch and Reuters, present Mya Thwate Thwate Khaing standing that day by a line of riot police shifting to disperse the group. She is first struck by a stream from a water cannon. A girl subsequent to her then takes her hand they usually flip their backs in retreat. That’s when a crack might be heard, after which Mya Thwate Thwate Khaing crumples because the water cannon continues to spray.

Medical doctors confirmed that Mya Thwate Thwate Khaing was struck by a dwell bullet, they usually have recognized at the very least two different folks equally struck by dwell ammunition throughout the identical rally, the BBC reported.

The then-19-year-old — Mya Thwate Thwate Khaing was simply two days shy of her birthday — had traveled to Naypyidaw alongside along with her sister from Yezin, a village northeast of the capital. Their household, whereas supportive of the protests, had cautioned them in opposition to becoming a member of, fearful that violence might get away, in line with Reuters.

Mya Thwate Thwate Khaing’s brother, Ye Htut Aung, informed Reuters that she had nonetheless continued. “It was her spirit,” he stated. “She needed to, and I couldn’t cease her.”

She tried calling him from the rally, however the connection was poor. The federal government has stifled Web and cell connections to attempt to thwart protests.

The anxious brother once more requested her to hold again. “What are you going to do in the event that they shoot?” he requested, in line with the Guardian. “No, they wouldn’t,” she had replied. “It’s okay. Even when they fireplace, it needs to be advantageous.”

They didn’t communicate once more. Mya Thwate Thwate Khaing was stored on life help till she died.

In November, Mya Thwate Thwate Khaing voted for the primary time for the Nationwide League for Democracy (NLD), Suu Kyi’s get together. Her household additionally supported the get together, her brother stated. However NLD’s success within the elections led the navy to maneuver in opposition to Myanmar’s elected management, citing, with out proof, widespread voter fraud because the pretext.

Within the meantime, protests continued throughout Myanmar on Friday, regardless of the specter of arrest and fears over the navy’s more and more heavy-handed response.

“I need to encourage all of the residents to affix the protests till we are able to do away with this method,” her sister, Mya Tha Toe Nwe, informed reporters Friday, in line with the BBC. “That’s all I need to say.”

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