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Myanmar Anti-Coup Protests Ongoing - Police Response is Increasingly Violent/Fatal

What Happened:

  • On Sunday, large crowds gathered in Myanmar's capital to attend the funeral for the young woman who was the first person confirmed to have been killed in the ongoing anti-military coup protests.

  • 19-year-old Mya Thwet Thwet Khine was shot in the head by police at an anti-coup protest on Feb 9. She died a few days later.

  • Demonstrations have been ongoing for several weeks since the military staged a coup on Jan 31 and arrested the democratically elected officials. Police response has become increasingly violent. Police used live rounds and tear gas to disperse crowds on Saturday and actually opened fire directly on the crowd, resulting in at least 2 deaths.

  • The protesters do not wish to return to military rule and demand the release and return to power for the democratically elected officials.

  • The democratically elected leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, has been under house arrest since the coup.

  • The military claims that there was widespread fraud in the election and uses that as justification for the coup.

  • Myanmar, which spent five decades under military rule, had recently undergone a democratic transition and elected Aung San Suu Kyi as leader as well as given the majority of the seats in parliament to Kyi's National League for Democracy Party.

  • Other nations, including the US, have condemned the coup saying that the outcome of the recent elections should be respected. The US also placed sanctions on Myanmar.

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