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After two full weeks of demonstrations in Myanmar, anti-coup protestors paused to remember a young woman who died Friday. She was shot by police during a rally against the military takeover. Ramy Inocencio reports.
- This morning anti-coup protests in Myanmar took a significant turn when police killed at least two protesters in the city of Mandalay. This happened after two full weeks of demonstrations in the country formerly known as Burma. Also this morning anti-coup protesters in two of that nation's largest cities paused to remember a young woman who died on Friday. She was shot by police during a rally against the military takeover. It follows the arrest of longtime Democratic leader Aung San Suu Kyi. And as further proof the country's decade long experiment with democracy has come to an end.
Ramy Inocencio reports from Beijing and a warning, some of the video you're about to see may be disturbing to some viewers.
RAMI INOCENCIO: In Myanmar's flaring anti-coup protests, the first life was taken with a pop. 20-year-old Mya Thwate Thwate Khaing crumpled to the ground, shot in the head by police February 9th. Her body carried from this hospital Friday. Doctors declared her brain dead and removed her ventilator. Mya's sister, unflinching, called on every citizen to protest.
Under the cover of darkness February 1st, the junta staged its coup. Arresting Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar's top civilian leader and more than 400 allies, alleging massive election fraud in November's parliamentary elections.
TOM ANDREWS: It is outrageous and it is simply unacceptable.
RAMI INOCENCIO: Tom Andrews is the UN special rapporteur on Myanmar.
TOM ANDREWS: The biggest fear of the people in Myanmar is going back to live under a authoritarian military regime.
RAMI INOCENCIO: Hence this CDM, this Civil Disobedience Movement now breaking out.
These painted road signs emulated those from BLM, the US is Black Lives Matter Movement. In Yangon, Myanmar's most populous city, demonstrators spilled fruits on the road. And cars broke down en masse to slow the military's movements. Buddhist monks marched to denounce the coup. And the LGBT community even held a Pride Parade in solidarity, with the three fingered Hunger Games salute.
The junta has charged Aung San Suu Kyi with illegally possessing six walkie-talkies and breaking a natural disaster law. On Tuesday, military leaders claimed their power grab was to protect democracy.
TOM ANDREWS: I don't know what planet they're on, but if you don't want to interrupt progress to democracy, you don't have a coup.
RAMI INOCENCIO: How do you think this might end?
TOM ANDREWS: My fear is that that a lot of people lose their lives at the hands of this military as they have in the past.
RAMI INOCENCIO: As memorials rise to Mya Thwate Thwate Khaing. She is this protests' first martyr. And anti-coup protesters have said they will not stop until Aung San Suu Kyi is free. But the military junta can really detain her for as long as they like. One protest leader though did say, we must be the last generation to experience a coup. For CBS This Morning, Saturday. Ramy Inocencio, Beijing.