Huge crowds mourn woman killed in protests against Myanmar coup

Huge crowds mourn woman killed in protests
Mya Thwe Thwe Khaing's body was driven through the streets of the capital. Source: Reuters
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Daily US Times: Huge crowds in Myanmar’s capital Nay Pyi Taw have attended the funeral of a young woman killed in protests against a military takeover.

Mya Thwe Thwe Khaing was shot in her head just before her 20th birthday. She is the first of at least three people to die in the protests.

On Sunday, huge crowds lined the streets to honour her, some making the three-fingered salutes used by demonstrators.

Myanmar’s military overthrew the elected government earlier this month.

Promises to hold early elections have failed to satisfy protesters, who are also seeking the release of the country’s elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other members of her National League for Democracy (NLD) party.

The military alleges Suu Kyi’s party’s landslide election win last year was fraudulent but has not provided proof.

Mya Thwe Thwe Khaing was a supermarket worker. She was injured when police tried to disperse protesters earlier this month. She was kept on life support for ten days but died on Friday.

She has become a focal point for protesting against the military junta, with her image often displayed by people resisting the coup.

Her coffin was driven through the streets in a black and gold hearse, accompanied by hundreds of motorbikes.

On Sunday, protesters took to the streets across the country again, despite the previous day seeing the worst violence yet in weeks of protests.

Two protesters were shot dead and many others injured when police used live ammunition to disperse crowds.

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