Myanmar woman shot in the head during anti-coup protest dies

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A memorial to Mya Thwate Thwate Khaing, a teenager who was shot in the head.

Yangon, Myanmar:

A 20-year-old woman who was shot in the head during an anti-coup protest in Myanmar’s capital, Naypyidaw, has died, according to the hospital treating her.

Mya Thwate Thwate Khaing, who took part in a massive protest against the coup on February 9, marks the first official death of the anti-coup movement since the military of Aung San Suu Kyi took power.

The Naypyidaw demonstration turned violent when security forces fired rubber bullets at protesters, but doctors at the hospital later told AFP that at least two people had been seriously injured from live rounds.

On Friday, a hospital official confirmed her death at 11 am and said her body would be examined by a board at 3 pm as “this is a case of injustice”.

“We will keep the (cause of death) records and send a copy to the appropriate authorities. We will seek justice and move forward,” said the doctor.

He added that hospital staff have been under immense pressure since Mya Thwate Thwate Khaing was in her intensive care unit.

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“Some have already left the hospital because of pressure,” he said.

Military spokesman and assistant secretary of information, Zaw Min Tun, confirmed this week that she had been shot and said authorities would continue to investigate the case.

Since her shooting, Mya Thwate Thwate Khaing has become a symbol of resistance for protesters who carry massive banners depicting their resemblance during demonstrations demanding justice.

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