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A 20-year-old girl, first killed in protests against the coup in Myanmar



A young burmese who was in critical condition after being shot in the head in a demonstration held on February 9 against the coup in the country has died this Friday, becoming the first fatality of the repression of the protests.

The young woman Mya Zuet Jine, A 20-year-old student was admitted to brain death in a hospital in the capital, Nayipidó, due to the injuries suffered. The woman was shot while seeking protection at a police water cannons bus stop.

Zuet Jine’s sister has asked her fellow citizens to “continue to participate in this movement until it is successful”, in line with what she had assured last week when she said that she “will continue to fight until the end of the military dictatorship” for ” make up for his sister’s suffering.

“I would like to ask everyone to continue fighting against the military dictatorship until it is expelled,” he added then.

The young woman’s funeral will be on Sunday, as the family has confirmed to ‘Myanmar Now’.

The demonstrations have taken place in the country since the February 1 riot, which occurred shortly before the new Parliament was constituted, which emerged from the November legislative elections. During the coup, the then ‘de facto’ leader of the country, Aung San Suu Kyi, and the president, Win Myint, were arrested.

Since then, there have also been arrests of former ministers and parliamentarians, while the members of the National League for Democracy (NLD) elected in the elections proceeded to establish a ‘parallel’ Parliament, not recognized by the military junta.

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In this context, the military authorities charged on Thursday the Chief Minister of Mandalay, Zau Myint Maung, who is also vice president of the NLD, for inciting violence. Suu Kyi herself faces charges for violation of the Export-Import Law and for alleged violations of disaster management laws in the framework of the coronavirus pandemic.

About 500 detainees

The Association for the Assistance of Political Prisoners (AAPP) pointed out this Friday that since the coup d’état about 500 people have been detained, including more than 120 members of the NLD, which prevailed in the last elections, of which only 35 have been released to date, as reported by the Burmese daily ‘The Irrawady’.

Zuet Jine’s death also took place one day after nine people, including a pregnant woman, were injured at the hands of the security forces, who intervened to disperse a group of people who tried to block the train network in Mandalay (north).

The security forces used rubber bullets, tear gas and batons to pull dozens of people off the tracks to allow the passage of a train carrying military personnel. According to information from ‘The Irrawady’, the blockade took place in support of the protests against the military junta.

The Minjaung Rescue Society has added that one of its buildings, which houses organizations engaged in philanthropic activities, was hit, while a member of the rescue teams is among the injured. Ko Aung Bu of the organization has accused the security forces of “deliberately firing rubber bullets at the office”.

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