Myanmar protester dies in hospital after being wounded

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A 20-year-old girl who was shot in the head while dispersing protesters has died in hospital in Myanmar. It was reported by Reuters on February 19, citing the brother of the deceased.

A relative of the girl, who had participated in the protests against the military seizure of power, said she had been hospitalized on February 9. The hospital put her on life support, but the girl could not be saved. At the moment the deceased is the only victim among the protesters.

There was a military coup in Myanmar on February 1, during which the state power was transferred into the hands of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Myanmar, General Min Aung Hlaing. President Win Myin and State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi were detained. The move came after days of escalating tensions between the government and the military, which did not recognize the outcome of the country’s November elections.

The coup plotters declared a one-year state of emergency in the country. Protesters took to the streets calling for the restoration of the civilian government under Aung San Suu Kyi and a return to democratic reforms.

After the coup d’état, Myanmar almost completely shut down the Internet. On February 12, the military, voicing the idea of “building a new democratic state,” pardoned more than 23,000 prisoners.