Myanmar demonstrator dies after being shot

In Myanmar, an anti-coup demonstrator who was shot last week has died, according to the hospital where she was on life support. The victim is the first known casualty of the February 1 coup.

Mya Thwate Thwate Khaing, 20, was shot in the head at a rally in the capital, Naypyitaw, on February 9. She was unconscious and in critical condition since then.

The victim's sister said," Her situation was getting worse starting a few days ago, and she passed away at 11 am. Everyone, please participate in protests until we succeed."

Local media say police were firing at demonstrators when the woman was shot.

Hospital officials told NHK that the bullet must have been a live round as it penetrated her helmet.

Protests show no sign of easing more than two weeks on, with people continuing to call for the release of ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

In the largest city Yangon, hundreds of people gathered at a main road in the city, while police sealed off the site by setting up barricades. Protesters blocked traffic by throwing fruit and dismantling bicycles as part of a civil disobedience campaign.

Mya Thwate Thwate Khaing's death is expected to prompt even more intense opposition to the military.