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Two People Confirmed Dead In Myanmar After Protest Shooting

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On Saturday, hundreds of police and soldiers gathered at Yadanarbon shipyard in Mandalay, by the Irrawaddy river.

Two people have died from gunshot wounds after security forces opened fire at protesters in Myanmar’s second-largest city on Saturday, emergency workers told AFP. 

Their presence sparked fears among nearby residents that authorities would try to arrest workers for taking part in the anti-coup movement.

Banging pots and pans in what has become a signature gesture of defiance, protesters started yelling at the police to leave and throwing rocks at them.

But officers opened fire with live rounds, rubber bullets and slingshot balls, dispersing the alarmed protesters.

“Two people were killed,” said Hlaing Min Oo, the head of a Mandalay-based volunteer emergency rescue team, adding that one of the victims was a boy shot in the head.

“About 30 others were injured — half of the injured people were shot with live rounds.”

The rest were wounded from rubber bullets and slingshots, he said.

Another emergency worker on the scene confirmed the two deaths.

“Two people died,” he told AFP, declining to be named for fear of repercussions. “One under-18 boy got shot in his head.”

Graphic video circulated on Facebook of the boy splayed on the ground and bleeding from his head as one bystander placed a hand on his chest to feel for a heartbeat.

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