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Security forces have opened fire on protesters in Mandalay, as anti-coup rallies honored a young woman who was killed by police at an earlier demonstration.
Security forces in Myanmar have fired live rounds, tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters in the country’s second-largest city, Mandalay.
At least two people have been shot dead, emergency workers said.
The country has seen over two weeks of protests against the coup that ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi on February 1.
More than 1,000 people joined the latest protest, led by medical students in Mandalay, marching to mourn a young woman who died after being shot by police at a demonstration on February 9.
Hlaing Min Oo, the head of a Mandalay-based volunteer emergency rescue team, said about 30 others were injured in the violence near a shipyard — about half of them were shot with live rounds.
The protesters in Mandalay and Myanmar’s largest city, Yangon, carried flowers and banners with photos of Mya Thwet Thwet Khine, who was confirmed dead on Friday after spending a week on life support in a hospital.
The 20-year-old had participated in a massive protest on February 9 in Myanmar’s capital, Naypyitaw, where she was shot.
Some other protesters on Saturday held signs that read “CDM,” in reference to the civil disobedience movement which workers in several industries have recently joined.