Crowds gathered in Mandalay on Thursday for the funeral of a 19-year-old woman who was shot dead during Myanmar’s anti-coup protests a day earlier.

Kyal Sin, known as Angel, was wearing a T-shirt with the phrase “Everything will be OK” when she died.

Tributes have flooded in on social media, with many calling her a hero.

Since the 1 February coup, Myanmar has been gripped by mass protests demanding an end to military rule and the release of detained elected leaders.

More than 54 people have been killed by security forces in the protests so far, according to the UN Human Rights Office, although other reports put the figure much higher. Wednesday was the bloodiest day since the coup, with 38 protesters killed in cities and towns across the country.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet called on security forces to “halt their vicious crackdown on peaceful protesters”.

Dozens of countries have now condemned the violence in Myanmar, though this has been largely ignored by the coup leaders.

And Myanmar’s ambassador to the UN, who the military said they had fired after he pleaded for help to restore democracy, called for “the strongest international actions” against the military.

“You see these last 3-4 days how many of our innocent and young lives have been taken away,” Kyaw Moe Tun told the BBC World Service’s Newshour programme in his first interview since he was replaced. “What we want for the people of Myanmar is protection.”

 

Source: National News Agency

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