YANGON, MYANMAR (AFP, BLOOMBERG) – A 20-year-old student struck by a bullet last week in the Myanmar capital of Naypyidaw while protesting against the military coup has died, according to a friend of the family, marking the first casualty since nationwide demonstrations began.
Ms Mya Thwe Thwe Khine was one of two people left in critical condition on Feb 9 after Myanmar’s police fired gunshots, tear gas and water cannons to quell demonstrations throughout the country, leaving at least 20 protesters injured.
The demonstration in Naypyidaw turned violent when security forces fired rubber bullets on protesters, but doctors at the hospital later told AFP that at least two people had been critically wounded by live rounds.
On Friday, a hospital official confirmed her death at 11 am, and said her body will be examined by a board at 3 pm as “this is a case of injustice”.
“We will keep the (cause of death on) record and send a copy to the respective authorities. We will look for justice and move forward,” said the doctor.
He added that the hospital staff has faced immense pressure since Mya Thwate Thwate Khaing has been in their intensive care unit.
“Some have left the hospital already because of pressure,” he said.
Military spokesman-turned-deputy information minster Zaw Min Tun confirmed this week that she had been shot, and said authorities will continue to investigate the case.
The fatality comes as the number of protesters throughout Myanmar has swelled into the hundreds o…. Read more: https://tinyurl.com/yc5mp7dx
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