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At least one killed in protest in Myanmar - emergency service

At least one killed in protest in Myanmar - emergency service”

The deaths occurred in Mandalay, the country's second-largest city.

A volunteer doctor confirmed there had been two deaths: "One shot in the head died at the spot". It also reported that Wikipedia had been blocked in all languages in the country.

Two people have been killed in Myanmar when police fired to disperse protesting opponents of a February 1 military coup in the second city of Mandalay, media and an ambulance service said.

The rest were wounded from rubber bullets and slingshots, he said.

People take to the streets in Yangon, Myanmar, on February 19, 2021, to protest against the February 1 military coup.

Protesters and residents were forced to flee the neighborhood amid the violence, as security forces chased after them.

But since its power grab, it has instated multiple internet shutdowns, blocked some social media sites, and arrested hundreds - often in the middle of the night.

Mya Thwate Thwate Khaing, who had just turned 20, had been on life support after she was hit by a bullet in the capital Naypyidaw.

Many members of the anti-coup movement that has rallied for two weeks across Myanmar are of the same Generation Z as Mya Thwate Thwate Khaing, a grocery store worker who was a teenager when she was shot, and turned 20 while in intensive care.

"Don't go to the office!" they chanted. The supporters also laid roses and rose petals on images of the woman.

Video of the incident circulated online showed a young woman suddenly falling to the ground while taking cover from a water cannon at a protest.

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Activist Thinzar Shunlei Yi said on Twitter that she was supporting the sanctions that Canada and Britain have imposed against military generals, calling for further sanctions by more countries.

The military has blamed protesters for instigating violence.

Salai Mon Boi, a youth leader from the Chin minority, said the Saturday protest, which happened to fall on Chin National Day, was focused on four demands: getting rid of the constitution, ending dictatorship, a federal system and the release of all leaders.

Among those targeted have been railway workers, civil servants and bank staff who have walked off their jobs as part of a civil disobedience campaign aimed at crippling the army's ability to govern.

The protests against the coup that overthrew the government of veteran democracy campaigner Suu Kyi have shown no sign of dying down.

Security forces in the northern state of Kachin forcefully dispersed a small group of protesters. The Kachin ethnic minority has always been in conflict with the central government, and there has been an intermittent armed struggle against the army there for decades.

Protesters have called for the recognition of last year's election results as well as the release of Ms Suu Kyi and other detainees. The junta says it will hold new elections in a year's time.

The United Kingdom and Canada have imposed sanctions on Myanmar's top military generals, in response to human rights violations following the February 1 military takeover.

Canada's foreign affairs minister, Marc Garneau, said: "Canada will not accept the actions of the Myanmar military and their complete disregard for the will and democratic rights of the people of Myanmar".

The army seized back power after alleging fraud in November 8 elections that Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy swept, detaining her and others.



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