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At least two people have been killed during fresh protests in Myanmar against a military coup. Police used live ammunition to disperse demonstrators in Mandalay, local media and medical staff reported.

Hundreds had gathered for a rally at a shipyard in Myanmar's second largest city. Several were injured, reportedly by live fire and rubber bullets.

Myanmar has seen weeks of protests following the coup which overthrew Aung San Suu Kyi's elected government.

Protesters are demanding that she be released, along with other members of her National League for Democracy (NLD) party. She is under house arrest, accused of possessing illegal walkie-talkies and violating the country's Natural Disaster Law.

The military allege the NLD's landslide election win last year was fraudulent but have not provided proof.

The violence in Mandalay comes a day after a young woman became the first confirmed death from the protests.

Mya Thwe Thwe Khaing was shot in the head, with rights groups saying her injuries were consistent with live ammunition. Police denied using lethal force. (BBC)

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  • Richard Saturday, 20 February 2021 09:50 PM

    Thousands of farmers are protesting in India continuously for many months, not a single word about it in the Daily Mirror, but faraway Myanmar news is more important ?


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