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First Demonstrator Killed in Myanmar Protests

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The unrest in Myanmar has claimed the life of a demonstrator. A young woman died in hospital after being shot at a demonstration in the capital, Naypyidaw.

 

As far as is known, this is the first protester to be killed in the ongoing protests against the coup.

Protester Mya Thwate Thwate Khaing is said to have been shot in the head on February 9. Then the police started firing rubber bullets at protesters. Doctors say that live ammunition was also used, and the young woman would also have been the victim of this. She had just turned twenty at the time of her death.

Great unrest arose in Myanmar after the coup d’état of February 1. Then the army arrested Head of Government Aung San Suu Kyi.

Her political party had won the parliamentary elections with odds, while an army-affiliated party suffered a heavy defeat. The generals then argued that fraud had taken place. They promise to hold new elections.

Many citizens are not satisfied with that. Sometimes tens of thousands of people come to demonstrations. International pressure on the military regime is also growing. Several Western countries have imposed sanctions.

The large neighbouring country of India joined countries on Thursday that are pushing for the restoration of democracy.

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