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Thousands in Myanmar take to streets following protester’s death

Yangon, Myanmar, Feb 20 (efe-epa).- Thousands in Myanmar took to the country’s streets Saturday to protest the military coup a day after the death of a demonstrator was confirmed.

The most conflictive point in the country was the city of Mandalay, the largest, where police fired rubber bullets at the crowd that came to support shipyard workers on strike for joining the protest movement and those who authorities wanted to force to work, eyewitnesses told EFE.

The country remained shocked by the death of Mya Thwe Thwe Khine, a 20-year-old participant in the civil disobedience movement who was killed by a live round from the police, according to reports from various human rights groups.

Protesters Saturday paid tribute to the victim with flowers in various parts of Yangon and painted a message on one of the main streets calling for democracy and the release of political leaders to challenge the military’s takeover.

The image of the young woman, who died Friday after spending 10 days in critical condition, has become a symbol of the civil disobedience movement.

The streets of the country have been filled with massive protests against the military uprising and security forces have responded on some occasions with water cannons, rubber balls and even live ammunition.

The military junta has also tried to quell the civil disobedience movement, which includes strikes in the administration and other sectors, with the deployment of soldiers in the streets, daily internet blackouts and various laws that have undermined the rights of citizens.

The army justified the seizure of power by allegeding electoral fraud in November’s general elections, in which the National League for Democracy, led by deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi, won a landslide victory as it did in 2015. EFE-EPA

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