Two Killed as Myanmar Junta Forces Open Fire on Mandalay Protest Column

By The Irrawaddy 28 July 2021

Two pro-democracy protesters including a young woman were killed and one was wounded in a violent crackdown by regime forces on the daily Mya Taung protest column in Mandalay on Tuesday.

Ma Thu Thu Zin, in her 20s, was shot in the head and died, and another person was also killed as the regime forces opened fire on protesters near the eastern approach to the Mahamuni Pagoda, a protester participating in the column confirmed to The Irrawaddy.

Another protester was shot in the leg and arrested, he added.

Ma Thu Thu Zin was one of the regular protesters often seen at the front of the Mya Taung protest column.

Calling for the restoration of democracy, the Mya Taung protest column, joined by monks and laypeople, has been staging daily protests since a few days after the coup.

According to witnesses, regime forces including plainclothes men opened fire heavily on the protesters as they were gathering to march. After the three victims collapsed after being hit by the shots, the forces dragged them away and covered the bloodstained street with sand.

Since the Feb. 1 coup, at least 934 civilians have been killed by regime forces, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners.

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