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Minggu, 21 Februari 2021

Mourners and protesters back on the streets across Myanmar after fatal day of demonstrations - ABC News

Crowds in Myanmar's capital have attended a funeral for the first of three young demonstrator killed in protests against the military's takeover.

Mya Thwet Thwet Khine was shot in the head by police on February 9, two days before her 20th birthday, at a protest in the capital, Naypyitaw.

She died on Friday.

She was the first person killed during the protests, with two more demonstrators shot dead on Saturday.

Mourners lined the entrance to a cemetery in the city as the hearse carrying her body arrived and was taken to a crematorium where more people had gathered.

Two women in white hold three-finger salutes and an illustrated portrait of a teen killed in the protests
Thousands attend the funeral of Mya Thwate Thwate Khaing, who died after she was shot in the head when police tried to disperse a crowd during a protest.(Reuters/Stringer)

They silently raised their hands in three-fingered salutes — a sign of defiance and resistance adopted from neighbouring Thailand — as the black and gold vehicle rolled slowly past.

Inside the crematorium hall, the lid on her coffin was partially removed to allow a last glimpse of her head resting on a bed of red and white roses before she was cremated.

Members of the crowd outside chanted: "Our uprising must succeed!"

A crying woman is supported by two men as a coffin is carried through a dense crowd of people wearing face masks.
Relatives of Mya Thwet Thwet Khine were brought through the crowd towards the cemetery entrance.(AP)

Demonstrations continue day after two protesters shot dead

Protesters elsewhere in Myanmar gathered again on Sunday for street demonstrations that have been going on for more than two weeks.

In Yangon, Myanmar's biggest city, about 1,000 demonstrators began the day by honouring Mya Thwet Thwet Khine at a ceremony under an elevated roadway.

"I want to say through the media to the dictator and his associates, we are peaceful demonstrators," said protester Min Htet Naing.

"Stop the genocide! Stop using lethal weapons!"

There were also protests in Myawaddy, on the border with Thailand, and at Inle Lake, a popular scenic tourist attraction.

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.

Shooting broke out when neighbourhood residents rushed to the Yadanabon dock to try to assist workers in their resistance.

One of the victims, described as a teenage boy, was shot in the head and died immediately, while another was shot in the chest and died en route to a hospital.

Several other serious injuries were also reported.

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At least two people have been shot dead as anti-military demonstrations continue in Myanmar.(ABC News/Image: Reuters)

Witness accounts and photos of bullet casings indicated security forces used live ammunition, in addition to conventional riot control equipment and slingshots, a traditional hunting weapon in Myanmar.

The new deaths drew quick and strong condemnation from the international community.

Authorities have continued arrests that began on the day of the February 1 coup, when Aung San Suu Kyi and members of the government were detained.

According to the independent Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, 569 people have been arrested, charged or sentenced, with 523, including Ms Suu Kyi still in detention.

Facebook takes down junta page

A large crowd of sitting protesters hold images of Aung San Suu Kyi during an anti-coup protest.
Police in Myanmar shot dead two protesters and injured several others on Saturday.(AP)

A live Saturday night broadcast on Facebook showed the wife of actor Lu Min describe to neighbours how her husband was arrested and taken away from their home shortly after midnight.

He was one of six high-profile people in the entertainment industry charged last week with inciting civil servants to stop work and join the protest movement, which he and the others have publicly championed.

On Sunday, Facebook announced that it took down the page run by the Myanmar military information unit "for repeated violations of our community standards prohibiting incitement of violence and coordinating harm".

It had already taken down other accounts linked to the military.

The junta took power after detaining Ms Suu Kyi and preventing Parliament from convening, saying elections last November were tainted by voting irregularities.

The election outcome, in which Ms Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party won by a landslide, was affirmed by an election commission that has since been replaced by the military.

The junta says it will hold new elections in a year's time.

The coup was a major setback to Myanmar's transition to democracy after 50 years of army rule that began with a 1962 coup.

Ms Suu Kyi came to power after her party won a 2015 election, but the generals retained substantial power under the constitution, which had been adopted under a military regime.

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