Myanmar Protester with Head Injury Dies

Myanmar protester who was shot in the head by government security forces died after 10 days on life support.

Mya Thwe Thwe Khaing was one of the protesters who were violently dispersed by police in Naypyitaw a week ago.

Videos of the dispersal showed Mya taking cover from water cannons before dropping to the ground after what appeared to be a bullet penetrated a motorcycle helmet she had been wearing.

The Burmese police claimed they only used rubber bullets and tear gas during the dispersal but human rights groups and doctors disputed that it was a live round that struck Mya.

Mya is the first confirmed death among the protesters who have joined pro-democracy rallies after the military launched a coup on February 1.

A Burmese hospital official confirmed her death at 11 am local time and said her body would be kept for further investigation.

“This is a case of injustice. We will keep the [cause of death on] record and send a copy to the respective authorities. We will look for justice and move forward,” said the official.

“I feel really sad and have nothing to say,” said Mya’s brother Ye Htut Aung said.


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