The young Burmese girl, wounded by a gunshot in the head during a protest against the coup in Naipyido, died this Friday at the hospital, as confirmed by her doctor. Mya The Thwe Khine, 20, who was in critical condition in a hospital in the capital, passed away this morning after being withdrawn from life support at 11.15 a.m. local time with the permission of her family, her doctor informed the Human Right Watch (HRW) organization. The young woman was killed on February 9 by a shot in the head fired with an Uzi-type submachine gun while she was at a protest against the military junta. According to the analysis of videos and photographs made by various humanitarian organizations, the young woman fell to the ground after hearing a shot when she was leaving the front line of a demonstration that was being broken up by the police with water cannons.
That of Mya Thwe Thwe Khine would be the first death of a protester due to the violence exercised by the security forces against the protests that have spread throughout the country to show their rejection of the Army coup d’etat on February 1. Although the Army assured that only non-lethal weapons were deployed in that protest, both Amnesty International and HRW certified that the young woman was hit in the head by live ammunition fired by the security forces. After her death, the body of the young woman, who turned 20 while she was admitted, was transferred from the hospital to the funeral home. The sister of the deceased, who also confirmed the death to local media, called from there for “the people to keep the revolution until it succeeds.
The incidents that led to his death and the allegations that the Burmese police used live ammunition must be investigated. Above all, there should be strong international condemnation and harsh consequences against the Burmese military junta,” said Manny Maung, a researcher at HRW. on his Twitter account. The death of the young woman has occurred while protests continue throughout the country against the military uprising and to demand the release of the elected leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, who was arrested along with part of the Government on the same day of the coup. The military junta has responded to the civil disobedience movement with the deployment of soldiers in the streets, daily nightly internet shutdowns, and various laws that have undermined the rights of citizens.