Teenager among 38 killed by police on Myanmar's deadliest day of protests

A heartbreaking photo shows a teenage boy in a t-shirt that reads “Everything will be fine” just minutes before she was shot for participating in a protest.

The 19-year-old, known as Kyal Sin in local media, was among 38 people killed on the bloodiest day of the demonstrations when police opened fire in Myanmar. At least 54 people have been killed since the coup began last month.

She was reportedly shot in the head by security forces during a demonstration in Mandalay. Pictures of the scene showed her on the ground trying to avoid bullets.

Kyal had reportedly offered to donate blood to others injured in violence in her final heartbreaking post.

A 14-year-old boy was also among four children killed yesterday, Save the Children said in a statement.

He was reportedly shot dead by a soldier in a passing convoy of military trucks. The soldiers loaded his body onto a truck and
left is claimed.

The victims were among tens of thousands of demonstrators across the country protesting last month’s military coup that removed civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi from power.

Student activist Moe Myint Hein told of another teenager who was gunned down and said: “They opened fire on us with sharp bullets. One was killed, he’s young, a teenager, shot in the head. “

People take part in the funeral procession for protester Kyal Sin

Another protester, Maung Saungkha, told Reuters: “We know we can always be shot with live bullets, but there is no point staying alive under the junta.”

Police opened fire and used tear gas yesterday to stop protests in Yangon and downtown Monywa while firing guns in Pathein city west of Yangon.

The authorities were condemned for the disgusting violence against demonstrators, many of whom carried banners reading “Free our Führer:”.

The UN special envoy for Myanmar, Christine Schraner Burgener, said yesterday was the bloodiest day since the February 1 coup with 38 deaths, bringing the total number of victims to over 50.

Richard Weir, a researcher at Human Rights Watch, said: “Myanmar security forces now seem intent on breaking their backs on the anti-coup movement through willful violence and sheer brutality.”

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During protesters in Yangon, police rush towards protesters

As a result, Mandalay citizens said five military jets made a series of low passes in the formation in an apparent show of force.

In one particularly brutal incident, a man in custody was shot in the back, the group said.

Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy Party said flags would fly at half mast in their offices to commemorate the dead.

Schraner Burgener said she warned Myanmar’s deputy military chief Soe Win that the military was likely to face strong action – but that he refused to take the threat seriously.

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She said, ‘The answer was,’ We are used to sanctions and we survived.

“When I also warned that they would go into isolation, the answer was, ‘We have to learn to run with few friends’.

The United States Security Council is due to have a closed session tomorrow to discuss the situation, diplomats said.


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