Burma is preparing this Sunday for the funeral of the first victim of military repression, Mya Thwate Thwate Khaing, a 20-year-old grocer who was shot on February 9 and died on Friday.
The young woman has become an icon of anti-junta resistance the day after the deadliest violence since the coup, with two protesters killed by police, including a minor who was shot in the head. 30 demonstrators were also injured on Saturday.
Almost three weeks after the February 1 coup, the mobilization for democracy from the big cities to the remote villages of the country has not weakened.
Several thousand protesters marched near the main university campus in Yangon, the economic capital, on Sunday, and protesters gathered in Mandalay, the site of the worst crackdown since the coup.
In this central city, police shot at anti-junta protesters who came to support workers who had gone on strike at a shipyard and responded to calls for civil disobedience to the coup.
The live ammunition was confirmed by doctors working on site on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals.
The escalation of tensions led to new international convictions. “The use of lethal force, intimidation and harassment of peaceful demonstrators is unacceptable,” tweeted UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres overnight from Saturday to Sunday. The head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, called on the army and police to end the violence against civilians immediately and said that the European Union would “take the appropriate decisions”. The EU foreign ministers will meet on Monday to discuss possible sanctions.