The first victim killed was Mya Thwate Thwate Khaing, 20, a young woman who was shot in the head. He had survived ten days before finally dying on Friday last week. His figure has become a national symbol of people’s resistance to the Myanmar military junta.
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Authorities are gradually stepping up their tactics against a massive and peaceful civil disobedience campaign demanding the return of ousted Aung San Suu Kyi.
The second and third deaths were demonstrators who were fired on by security forces last Saturday in Mandalay.
The fourth victim who died was a 30-year-old man on patrol to prevent the arrest of activists in Yangon. He was shot dead on Saturday night. The victim’s brother-in-law, Tin Htut Hein, said he had been shot dead by police.
“His wife is now heartbroken,” he said. “They have a four year old son.”
Saturday marked the deadliest day so far in more than two weeks of national street demonstrations.
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