YANGON, Myanmar — A younger girl who was shot within the head by the police final week throughout a protest in opposition to the army coup in Myanmar died on Friday, her household mentioned.
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 lady, Mya Thwet Thwet Khine, was shot throughout an illustration within the capital, Naypyidaw, on Feb. 9, two days earlier than her 20th birthday. Video confirmed her sheltering from water cannons and all of the sudden dropping to the bottom after a bullet penetrated the motorbike helmet she was carrying. 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 purpose,” the girl’s sister, Mya Thatoe Nwe, mentioned. She mentioned the funeral will likely be Sunday.
Protesters in Mandalay, the nation’s second-biggest metropolis, arrange a sidewalk shrine with candles and images of the useless girl. 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 mentioned 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 participating in any violence.
Demonstrations continued Friday in Yangon, the nation’s largest metropolis, and elsewhere.
Safety forces have been comparatively restrained up to now in confronting protesters in Yangon, however seemed to be toughening their stance in areas the place there may be much less information media presence.