Myanmar Student Dies 10 Days After Being Shot by Police at Anti-Coup Protest

By The Irrawaddy 19 February 2021

Ma Mya Thwet Thwet Khine, a student who was shot by police at an anti-coup protest in Naypyitaw more than a week ago, died in hospital on Friday at 11:15 a.m., a doctor from the hospital told The Irrawaddy.

He said a postmortem would be carried out on the gunshot victim on Friday afternoon.

The 20-year-old had been brain dead and on life support since being shot by police on Feb. 9.

At the time Ma Mya Thwet Thwet Khine (or Ma Mya Thwate Thwate Khaing) was shot, she was standing under a bus shelter, taking cover from water cannons. She had made no attempt to get past the police barricades at the scene. She collapsed abruptly after being struck in the head by a bullet.

Mya Thwet Thwet Khine’s body is taken from the hospital in Naypyitaw where she died. / The Irrawaddy

Ma Mya Thwet Thwet Khine, who was a first-time voter in the 2020 general election, is the first fatality in the police crackdown on the protest movement against the military regime.

Talking to the media last week, her heartbroken sister said words could not express the family’s sadness over what had happened to the youngest member of the family. She said the military dictatorship needed to end.

“I will continue to fight against the military dictatorship. To compensate for the suffering of my younger sister, I would like to urge all the people in the nation to continue to fight against the military dictatorship until it is rooted out.”