The grave of a young protester in Myanmar gunned down while wearing an “Everything will be OK” T-shirt was disturbed by government officials, witnesses said.
Witnesses told Reuters the body of Kyal Sin, whose name translates to “Angel,” was removed from the tomb in the city of Mandalay where she was buried Thursday, allegedly by Myanmar authorities.
The country, consumed by protests after the military overthrew the government last month, also saw a new round of demonstrations in multiple cities on Saturday.
A witness who lives near the graveyard where Kyal Sin was buried said at least 30 people arrived Friday evening, and a team used power tools to open the grave while soldiers stood by providing security. The witness said they pulled out the coffin, opened it and examined the body.
The Associated Press said was there no official explanation of the incident, but media close to the military reported that authorities questioned whether police had shot the teen and intended to investigate.
Video and photos of Thursday’s bloody protest showed Kyal Sim in the middle of a crowd that appeared to be running away from authorities when she went down. She was among 38 people killed in the violent crackdown.
The state-run newspaper said experts had analyzed photographs and concluded her injuries were not caused by anti-riot weapons, Reuters said.
Saturday, security forces used stun grenades and tear gas against demonstrations in cities throughout the country. The increasing violence has led to calls for the world community to respond.
“We must denounce the actions by the military,” UN special envoy for Myanmar Christine Schraner Burgener said Friday during a meeting with the Security Council. She said “robust” action is critical “in pushing for a stop to the violence and the restoration of Myanmar’s democratic institutions.”
Throughout the violence, demonstrators have shown creativity to protest the military takeover. In the city of Monywa Saturday, they poured cans of beer over their feet and those of passers-by to show their contempt for the brewery’s owners — the military. Myanmar Beer is one of a number of business concerns in the country that are linked to the generals and has seen its sales plummet in the weeks following the coup. Its Japanese partner, Kirin, also pulled out of a joint venture, citing the coup.
With Post wires