Killed In Myanmar In Worst Day Of Violence Since Feb. 1 Coup

Myanmar protesters take to the streets again after worst day of violence

Protesters took to the streets in several cities and towns with members of ethnic minorities, poets, and transport workers among those demanding an end to military rule and the release of elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi and others.

The woman was shot on February 9, two days before her 20th birthday, at a protest in the capital Nayptitaw, and died Friday.

The more than two weeks of protests had been largely peaceful, unlike previous episodes of opposition during almost half a century of direct military rule to 2011.

Two people were shot and killed and 20 were wounded, said Ko Aung, a leader of a volunteer emergency service.

Saturday's deadly shooting saw Myanmar's second and third protest-related fatalities since people across the country took to the streets on February 6 to oppose the military regime.

In Mandalay on Saturday, a protest led by medical university students drew more than 1,000 people, many of whom also carried flowers and images of Mya Thwet Thwet Khine.

Demonstrators turned out in force in Mandalay, the country's second-biggest city, where security forces shot dead two people on Saturday near a dockyard where the authorities had been trying to force workers to load a boat.

The US is said it is "deeply concerned" by reports that Myanmar security forces have fired on protesters, US State Department spokesman Ned Price said in tweet on Saturday. Water cannon trucks spray protesters in multiple cities and tear gas is deployed in Mandalay. Witness accounts and photos of bullet casings indicated that the security forces used live ammunition, in addition to conventional riot control equipment and slingshots, a traditional hunting weapon in Myanmar.

A young woman protester died on Friday after being shot in the head last week as police dispersed a crowd in the capital, Naypyitaw, the first death among anti-coup demonstrators.

"Everyone has a right to peaceful assembly", the United Nations chief said. She was shot in the head on Feb 9 in the capital, Naypyitaw.

The newspaper did not mention the deaths but said: "Some of the aggressive protesters were also injured due to the security measures conducted by the security force in accordance with the law". The army says one policeman has died of injuries sustained in a protest.

Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) condemned the violence as a crime against humanity. The junta had seized power, baselessly claiming the landslide win for Suu Kyi'a party in a November election was the result of fraud.

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Facebook said it deleted the military's main page, Tatmadaw True News Information, for repeated violations of its standards "prohibiting incitement of violence and co-ordinating harm".

In a video posted on Lu Min's Facebook page, his wife said police had come to their home in Yangon and taken him away.

The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners activist group says 569 people have been arrested, charged or sentenced in connection with the coup.

Others held signs saying "CDM", referring to the nationwide civil disobedience movement that has encouraged doctors, engineers and others to protest the coup by refusing to work.

Western countries that earlier condemned the coup decried the violence.

HRW also urged that countries should call on Russian Federation and China to cut their sales and assistance to Myanmar, as well as Ukraine, Turkey, and Israel.

UK Foreign Minister Dominic Raab also condemned the shooting of peaceful protesters and said the UK is considering further action.

"Lethal force, intimidation and harassment against peaceful demonstrators is unacceptable", UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Twitter.

Suu Kyi - who has not been seen since she was detained in a dawn raid - has been hit with two charges by the junta, one of them for possessing unregistered walkie-talkies.

The United States, Britain, Canada and New Zealand have announced limited sanctions, with a focus on military leaders.

About 1,000 people in cars and bikes gathered Sunday morning at the hospital where her body was held amid tight security, with even the victim's grandparents who had traveled from Yangon, five hours away, denied entry.

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