Myanmar Woman Shot In Head During Anti-Coup Protest Dies

Myanmar Woman Shot In Head During Anti-Coup Protest Dies

The AAPP confirmed that two teachers were arrested but later released.

Some of the demonstrators fired catapults at police as they played cat and mouse through riverside streets.

At least five people were injured by rubber bullets, a photographer at the scene reported, while emergency medical staff treating the injured confirmed at least six others were shot with live rounds.

She has become a symbol of resistance for protesters, who have hoisted her photos high in demonstrations and even unfurled a massive banner of artwork from a bridge showing the moment she was shot.

Police were not available for comment. Biden also called on the military junta to release detained protesters and civilian leaders, including Suu Kyi and Win Myint, and cease their crackdowns on demonstrators. Opponents of the coup are sceptical of the army's promise to hold a new election and hand power to the victor.

A young protester died Friday, more than a week after being shot in anti-coup demonstrations in Myanmar, offering a fresh source of anger inside the country as global pressure grows on the generals who seized power.

"As protests continue to grow, Myanmar security forces must cease carrying and using lethal weapons and must respect people's right to peacefully express their grievances", Joanne Mariner, director of crisis response for Amnesty International, said in an emailed statement.

"The UK condemns the military coup and the arbitrary detention of Aung San Suu Kyi and other political figures", Raab said. The junta says it will hold new elections in a year's time.

Mya Thwet Thwet Khine was shot during a demonstration against the military's takeover of power in the capital Naypyitaw on February 9.

On Saturday, young people in the main city of Yangon carried a wreath and laid flowers at a memorial ceremony for the woman, Mya Thwate Thwate Khaing, while a similar ceremony took place in Naypyitaw.

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"The harsh reality is that the democratic transition has been interrupted", he said.

The junta has justified its power seizure by alleging widespread electoral fraud in November's elections, which Ms Suu Kyi's party won in a landslide.

U.S. State Department spokesperson Ned Price offered his government's condolences Friday and reiterated calls on the military to refrain from violence against peaceful protesters.

In the northern city of Myitkyina, a small group of protesters was forcefully dispersed by police and military wielding batons, according to video posted online and witnesses.

The United Kingdom and Canada have imposed sanctions on Myanmar's top military generals, in response to human rights violations following the February 1 military takeover.

Many countries have urged authorities to avoid violence. The US had already sanctioned the coup leaders.

There is little history of Myanmar's generals giving in to foreign pressure and they have closer ties to neighbouring China and to Russian Federation, which have taken a softer approach than long critical Western countries.

Suu Kyi was placed under house arrest and charged with breaching import-export laws - charges described by Amnesty as "trumped up."

Her next court appearance has been set for March 1.

Almost 550 people have been detained since the coup, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners.

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