Friday, February 26, 2021

Myanmar: Thousands joined in funeral


19-year-old Mya Thwe Thwe Khaing died on Friday after being hit by a rubber bullet in the head on February 9 in connection with protests against the military coup earlier this month.

She is the first known victim of three and has become a symbol of resistance to the military.

Many of those who took part in Sunday’s protest along with the funeral procession held up their three fingers, a gesture popularized by democracy activists.

Earlier in the day, the news came that Facebook has closed the Myanmar military’s page on the platform.

“In line with our global policy, we have removed the Tatmadaw True News Information Team page from Facebook due to repeated violations of our rules prohibiting incitement to violence and causing harm,” Facebook said in a statement.

Tatmadaw is the military’s Burmese name.

At the same time, the UN Secretary-General has condemned the deadly violence against the protesters.

“The use of lethal force, threats and harassment against peaceful protesters is unacceptable,” António Guterres said in a statement.

“From water cannons to rubber bullets to tear gas, and now hardline soldiers opening fire on peaceful protests. This madness must stop,” UN Special Rapporteur Tom Andrews added on Twitter.

On Saturday, two people were shot dead and 20 injured in demonstrations in Mandalay, according to a voluntary organization.

Protesters in Myanmar’s capital Naypyitaw hold up three fingers in a gesture of homage to 19-year-old Mya Thwate Thwate Khaing, who was buried on Sunday. The young woman was killed after being hit by a rubber bullet in connection with protests against the military coup earlier in February. Image: AP / TT





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