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Myanmar protests: Young woman shot in the head by police dies

Youth leader Esther Ze Naw said, "We cannot stay quiet. If there is bloodshed during our peaceful protests".

During protests in Myanmar, a young woman who shot by police in the head has died. She is Mya Thwate Thwate Khaing. A 20-year-old girl had been on life support since being taken to hospital on February 9, 2021. The reason is she hit by a bullet at a demonstration in Naypyitaw, the capital of Myanmar.

Protest in Myanmar: a young girl shot by police

Video on social media shows her hiding from water cannon with her sister behind a bus stop in the moments before the shooting. A crack can be heard before she is seen falling to the ground. Myanmar’s military grabbed power in a stroke on February 1. It forced Aung San Suu Kyi into detention. Then the Junta has cut internet connection, imposed a curfew, and a law banning more than five people from congregating to stop demonstrations since their takeover.

Some members of the security already used violence against the protesters. They drive tanks into major cities and open fire on the crowds. Because of that, almost 400 people have been detained since the coup. At least one officer at the protest armed with a submachine gun seen on the day when Mya has been shot, photographs showed. Even though, there is no confirmation the bullet was from his gun that hit Mya.

The military said in a statement, “As the protesters did aggressive acts against police members at about 12.30 pm, the police members had to shoot inevitably.” Mya’s brother, Ye Htut Aung, said he felt really sad.

Mya was the first known serious casualty of the protests and her wounding urged support for the movement seeking to reverse the coup and free Ms Suu Kyi and her allies from detention. Youth leader Esther Ze Naw said, “We cannot stay quiet. If there is bloodshed during our peaceful protests, then there will be more if we let them take over the country.”

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