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On Saturday, Myanmar police opened fire on demonstrators protesting the recent military coup in the city of Mandalay, killing two and injuring at least 20. Ramy Inocencio has more.

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- To Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. At least two people were killed today as police opened fire on people protesting that country's military coup. At least 20 others were injured. As CBS's Ramy Inocencio reports, it's the worst violence yet in more than two weeks of demonstrations.

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RAMY INOCENCIO: Myanmar's civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi has not been seen since the military seized power February 1. But her image is everywhere with adoring and angry protesters. In the capital Naypyidaw, with engineers on motorbikes, in Yangon, the most populous city, with marching railway workers, and in the ancient city of Bagan past thousand-year-old temples.

This protester is stoking the outrage. 20-year-old Mya Thwet Thwet Khine was shot by police February 9. She died Friday, the movement's first known fatality. Tom Andrews is the UN Special Representative on Myanmar.

TOM ANDREWS: This is a people who have tasted freedom. They've tasted democracy. They are not going back to authoritarian rule.

RAMY INOCENCIO: But the junta is holding onto power. This week, police broke up this protest in northern Kachin state, barricaded Yangon's iconic Sule pagoda from protesters, and used water cannons, rubber bullets, and live rounds, pushing back this so-called civil disobedience movement.

TOM ANDREWS: If the generals respond to anything, we know they-- they respond to a bite in their wallet.

RAMY INOCENCIO: Those generals are vowing to hold free and fair elections and are now targeted by US, British, and Canadian sanctions, supporting people fighting for a return to democracy.

And Myanmar human rights watchers expect these protests to go on for a very long time. Tom Andrews saying we could be in for a siege. As for Aung San Suu Kyi, her next hearing is March 1. But the junta really could detain her indefinitely. Ramy Inocencio, CBS News, Beijing.