lun. Août 2nd, 2021

Police opened fire on protesters in the Myanmar city of Mandalay on Saturday, leaving at least two dead, according to volunteer emergency workers cited by Reuters and AFP news agencies who have reporters on the ground.

Stringers for CNN confirm that live rounds and tear gas were used to disperse people at an anti-coup protest in the city.

In video seen by CNN, a large crowd of people can be seen running away from police and taking cover.

In other footage, a person can be seen being stretchered away by medics. The condition of the patient was not immediately clear.

Two different volunteer emergency workers confirmed the latest deaths to agencies.

« Twenty people were injured and two are dead, » said Ko Aung, a leader of the Parahita Darhi volunteer emergency service, told Reuters.

« Two people were killed and about 30 others injured, » AFP reported, citing Hlaing Min Oo, the head of a Mandalay-based volunteer emergency rescue team.

« Half of the injured were shot with live rounds, » he told AFP. Crowds gather for funeral.

A young woman died on Friday after a fatal shot to the head during the anti-coup protests last week. She was the first known casualty of the pro-democracy protests that have been ongoing for weeks, following the military’s seizure of power on February 1.

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Mya Thweh Thweh Khine, who recently turned 20, had been in critical condition since February 9, when she was shot in Myanmar’s capital Naypyidaw.

Video from a live feed on Sunday showed a hearse with a picture of Mya Thweh Thweh Khine in front. The feed also showed a convoy of vehicles leaving a hospital.

Motorbikes were seen driving next to the convoy as the hearse proceeded through the streets in a funeral procession.

Some people on motorbikes and on the side of the road were seen raising the anti-government three-finger salute from the « Hunger Games » movie franchise as the convoy drove through.

« We swear that we will continue protesting against military dictatorship until we can get rid of this regime, according to the wish of Mya Thweh Thweh Khine and the wishes of all the generations in this era, » Maung Maung Swe, a National League for Democracy MP, said at the Sunday ceremony.

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