A young woman has become the first protester to die in the anti-coup demonstrations in Myanmar after she was shot in the head last week.

The victim, Mya Thwe Thwe Khaing was injured when police tried to disperse protesters with rights groups claiming her wound was consistent with one from live ammunition .

An image of the protester being cradled after she was shot was widely shared, and her death has triggered further anger against the authorities.

The police have denied using lethal force at the rally in the capital Nay Pyi Taw on 9 February, but doctors have said two other protesters were also struck by live rounds.

Myanmar has seen days of protests following a military coup which overthrew Aung San Suu Kyi’s elected government.

BBC