The First One Who Fell

NAY PYI DAW – As the revolutionary crowds became larger, the repression increased mercilessly. In the capital, 20-year-old Mya Thwe Thwe Khine died from a gunshot through her helmet, fired by a senior policeman. She is the first known victim of the anti-coup protest movement. After she was assassinated, policemen and soldiers unleashed more and more violence on the public: tear bombs, rubber bullets, sound grenades and live rounds. Arrest warrants were issued against journalists, actors and ‘keyboard fighters’, well-known activists on social media, all charged under Section 505 (a). The new provision could be used to punish comments regarding the illegitimacy of the coup or the military government and were designed to penalize those encouraging members of the civil and security services to join the CDM by up to three years in prison. Hundreds of civilians were arrested following tips from ‘Dalans’, local informers working for the military council. On February 22nd, dubbed the 22222 Movement Day and marked by a nation-wide general strike and massive uprising, nearly 200 protestors were arrested in Nay Pyi Daw and Pyinmana. Others had to report to authorities and the next morning, families were ordered to retrieve their bodies, showing marks of torture.