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Myanmar coup: Hundreds attend funeral for woman killed during protests

CA, 22 Feb 2021
Hundreds of people in Myanmar attended the funeral of a young woman who was killed last week during anti-coup demonstrations.

Mya Thwate Thwate Khaing was shot in the head by police on Feb. 9, two days before her 20th birthday, at a protest in the capital, Naypyitaw, and died on Friday.

Mourners lined the entrance to a cemetery in the city on Sunday as the hearse carrying her body arrived, raising their hands in the three-fingered salute – a sign of defiance and resistance adopted from neighbouring Thailand.

According to the independent Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, 569 people have been arrested, charged or sentenced since the day of the coup on Feb. 1. Ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint are among the 523 people who are still in detention.

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