Protesters gathered all over Myanmar on Sunday, the day after two people were killed by security forces at a rally in the country’s second-largest city. A funeral was also arranged for a young woman who had recently been murdered by the police.
Mya Thwet Thwet Khine was the first to announce her death among the many thousands who took to the streets to condemn the coup of 1 February that ousted the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi.
The woman was shot on Feb. 9, two days before her 20th birthday, in protest against Nayptitaw in the capital, and died on Friday.
Approximately 1,000 people in cars and bikes gathered at the hospital on Sunday morning, where her body was kept in near safety, with even the grandparents of the victim who had travelled from Yangon, five hours away, refused entry. When her body was released, a long motorised procession started to travel to the cemetery.
Approximately 1,000 protestors in Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city, honoured the woman under the highway.
“I want to tell the dictator and his associates through the media that we are peaceful demonstrators,” protester Min Htet Naing said. “Stop the genocide! Stop using lethal weapons!”
Another big demonstration took place in Mandalay, where the police killed two people at the dockyard on Saturday as security forces attempted to compel employees to board a boat. Workers, such as railway staff and truckers and several civil servants, took part in a civil disobedience movement against the junta.
Shooting broke out as local people raced to the Yadanabon Dock to attempt to support the workers in their resistance. One of the victims, identified as a teenage boy, was shot in the head and died instantly, while another was shot in the chest and died on the way to the hospital.
“The shooting of peaceful protesters is beyond pale,” said British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab on Twitter. “We will consider further action, with our international partners, against those crushing democracy and choking dissent.”
The coup was a significant blow to Myanmar’s return to democracy after 50 years of military dictatorship, which started with a coup in 1962. Suu Kyi came to power when her faction won the 2015 election, but the generals maintained tremendous power under the constitution, which was adopted under the military dictatorship.