Tens of thousands of people showed up to say a final goodbye to Mya Thwate Thwate Khaing on Sunday. They gathered in the streets of the capital Naypidaw, along the route to the funeral procession, writes Reuters.
Many of those present also paid tribute to three fingers, which have been used by protesters as a sign of solidarity and opposition to the coup plotters.
Mya Thwate Thwate Khaing is the first protester to have lost his life in protests in the country since the military seized power on February 1.
As a result, she has become a symbol of protesters and opponents of the military regime.
Weekends are held and flowers laid in front of makeshift memorials. She has been declared a martyr by many, and protesters carry pictures of her with them as they take to the streets to protest the coup.
– Continues for her
– It’s so wasted. I’m sorry she’s been my own family. I also want democracy, only then will her sacrifice not have been in vain, a woman in Yangon told the BBC when Mya Thwate Thwate Khaing died on Friday.
24-year-old Nay Lin Htet told Reuters that she will continue to demonstrate for Mya Thwate Thwate Khaing.
– I am proud of her and will continue to demonstrate for her, until we have reached our goal.
The young shop worker was out on the streets of Myanmar’s capital Naypyidaw on February 9, protesting against the military’s takeover, as police tried to disperse the crowd.
Caught on video
She was shot in the head and kept in an artificial coma for ten days before doctors declared her dead on Friday. It was all captured on film, and the video shook Myanmar.
The video shows her with a red sweater and motorcycle helmet. Shots are heard, and she abruptly falls to the ground, before people around her help her away.
She turned 20 on February 11, while lying in the hospital bed in the intensive care unit.
She was the first, but not the last, to be killed by police during demonstrations.
On Saturday, two others were killed during protests in Mandalay.
Dozens were injured when soldiers fired on protesters with rubber bullets and sharp ammunition, volunteer health worker Hlaing Min Oo told AFP.
Despite the deaths, large demonstrations were held on Sunday in both the country’s largest city, Yangon, and the second largest city, Mandalay, further north in Myanmar.
Condemns the violence
The world community has strongly condemned the violence in Myanmar.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres took to Twitter on Sunday night and wrote that he “condemns the use of deadly violence” in the country.
“The use of lethal force, threats and harassment against peaceful protesters is unacceptable,” he added.
EU Foreign Minister Josep Borrell also spoke on social media after the bloody Saturday in Mandalay.
– I strongly condemn the military’s violence against peaceful civilian protesters. I urge the military and security forces in Myanmar to immediately stop the violence against civilians, he wrote.
He added that EU foreign ministers would discuss the events in Myanmar at a meeting on Monday to make the “necessary decisions”.
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