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 demise among the many 1000’s of protesters who’ve confronted off in opposition to safety forces for the reason that 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 instantly 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 folks not to surrender their battle to revive democracy.
“Please take part and proceed preventing till we obtain our objective,” 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 pictures of the useless lady. About 200 folks 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 unbiased accounts of her collaborating in any violence.
Demonstrations continued Friday in Yangon, the nation’s greatest 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.