Body of ‘Everything will be OK’ protester exhumed in Myanmar

The body of a 19-year-old woman who was shot dead wearing a T-shirt that read ‘Everything will be OK’ has been exhumed. 

Authorities have claimed that the examination exonerated police from the killing. It comes as witnesses say that two more people were killed today when Myanmar police fired on protesters in the northern town of Myitkyina.   

Several people were injured, they said. 

Kyal Sin (bottom right), seen before she was shot and killed. The body of the 19-year-old woman who was shot dead wearing a T-shirt that read 'Everything will be OK' has been exhumed

Kyal Sin (bottom right), seen before she was shot and killed. The body of the 19-year-old woman who was shot dead wearing a T-shirt that read 'Everything will be OK' has been exhumed

Kyal Sin (bottom right), seen before she was shot and killed. The body of the 19-year-old woman who was shot dead wearing a T-shirt that read ‘Everything will be OK’ has been exhumed

Tear gas and fire extinguisher gas float around demonstrators as they run away from police during a protest against the military coup in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, March 8

Tear gas and fire extinguisher gas float around demonstrators as they run away from police during a protest against the military coup in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, March 8

Tear gas and fire extinguisher gas float around demonstrators as they run away from police during a protest against the military coup in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, March 8

People clash with police during a protest in Myitkyina, Myanmar

People clash with police during a protest in Myitkyina, Myanmar

Demonstrators throw stones as they clash with police during a protest in Myitkyina, Myanmar

Demonstrators throw stones as they clash with police during a protest in Myitkyina, Myanmar

Demonstrators throw stones as they clash with police during a protest in Myitkyina, Myanmar March 8

Kyal Sin, widely known as Angel, died on Wednesday from a shot to the head as protesters came under fire from security forces trying to end demonstrations against the February 1 coup. 

She has become an icon of the protest movement. 

The exhumation of Kyal Sin has brought fresh outrage from opponents of the coup, who accuse the junta of trying to conceal the fact she was killed by their forces.

Anti-coup protesters flash a three-fingered sign of resistance during a demonstration in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Monday, March 8

Anti-coup protesters flash a three-fingered sign of resistance during a demonstration in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Monday, March 8

Anti-coup protesters flash a three-fingered sign of resistance during a demonstration in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Monday, March 8

Anti-coup protesters discharge fire extinguishers to counter the impact of the tear gas fired by police during a demonstration in Naypyitaw, Myanmar on Monday

Anti-coup protesters discharge fire extinguishers to counter the impact of the tear gas fired by police during a demonstration in Naypyitaw, Myanmar on Monday

Anti-coup protesters discharge fire extinguishers to counter the impact of the tear gas fired by police during a demonstration in Naypyitaw, Myanmar on Monday 

Anti-coup protesters flash a three-fingered sign of resistance during a demonstration in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Monday, March 8. The escalation of violence in Myanmar as authorities crack down on protests against the February 1 coup is raising pressure for more sanctions against the junta, even as countries struggle over how to best sway military leaders inured to global condemnation

Anti-coup protesters flash a three-fingered sign of resistance during a demonstration in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Monday, March 8. The escalation of violence in Myanmar as authorities crack down on protests against the February 1 coup is raising pressure for more sanctions against the junta, even as countries struggle over how to best sway military leaders inured to global condemnation

Anti-coup protesters flash a three-fingered sign of resistance during a demonstration in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Monday, March 8. The escalation of violence in Myanmar as authorities crack down on protests against the February 1 coup is raising pressure for more sanctions against the junta, even as countries struggle over how to best sway military leaders inured to global condemnation

State television said police, a judge and doctors had exhumed the body and carried out a surgical investigation.

They found a penetration wound in the back of the head and a piece of lead measuring 1.2 cm by 0.7 cm in the brain and said that it was different from the tips of bullets used by the police.

State television said police had been face-to-face with the protesters and the wound was at the back of the head and that the object which killed Kyal Sin could be fired from a gun able to shoot .38 caliber bullets.

‘Therefore, it can be assumed that those who do not want stability conducted the assassination,’ MRTV said.

Grabs: CCTV footage shows Myanmar police storming Mandalay university. Witnesses say that two more people were killed today when Myanmar police fired on protesters in the northern town of Myitkyina

Grabs: CCTV footage shows Myanmar police storming Mandalay university. Witnesses say that two more people were killed today when Myanmar police fired on protesters in the northern town of Myitkyina

Grabs: CCTV footage shows Myanmar police storming Mandalay university. Witnesses say that two more people were killed today when Myanmar police fired on protesters in the northern town of Myitkyina

CCTV footage shows Myanmar police storming Mandalay university. The exhumation of Kyal Sin has brought fresh outrage from opponents of the coup, who accuse the junta of trying to conceal the fact she was killed by their forces

CCTV footage shows Myanmar police storming Mandalay university. The exhumation of Kyal Sin has brought fresh outrage from opponents of the coup, who accuse the junta of trying to conceal the fact she was killed by their forces

CCTV footage shows Myanmar police storming Mandalay university. The exhumation of Kyal Sin has brought fresh outrage from opponents of the coup, who accuse the junta of trying to conceal the fact she was killed by their forces

: CCTV footage shows Myanmar police storming Mandalay university. The army says it has been restrained in the use of force, but that it will not allow protests to threaten stability

: CCTV footage shows Myanmar police storming Mandalay university. The army says it has been restrained in the use of force, but that it will not allow protests to threaten stability

: CCTV footage shows Myanmar police storming Mandalay university. The army says it has been restrained in the use of force, but that it will not allow protests to threaten stability

Anti-coup protesters discharge fire extinguishers to counter the impact of the tear gas fired by police during a demonstration in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Monday, March 8

Anti-coup protesters discharge fire extinguishers to counter the impact of the tear gas fired by police during a demonstration in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Monday, March 8

Anti-coup protesters discharge fire extinguishers to counter the impact of the tear gas fired by police during a demonstration in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Monday, March 8

Protesters hold up three finger salute during a demonstration against the military coup in Naypyidaw on March 8

Protesters hold up three finger salute during a demonstration against the military coup in Naypyidaw on March 8

Protesters hold up three finger salute during a demonstration against the military coup in Naypyidaw on March 8

On social media, coup opponents described the exhumation as a further insult to Kyal Sin and her family, with the intention of giving a false account of what happened.

A military spokesman did not answer calls seeking comment. Reuters was unable to contact police for comment.

State television said authorities had asked for the family’s permission to exhume the body, but did not say whether it was granted. Reuters was unable to contact the family.

Protesters at the scene of the demonstration in Mandalay on Wednesday said they had come under fire from live bullets at the time Kyal Sin was killed.

Pictures published by Reuters show that Kyal Sin had the back of her head turned towards the line of security forces in the moments before she was killed.

Demonstrators shout slogans during a protest in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, on Monday. Major trade unions in Myanmar called on members to go on strike to shut the economy amid intensifying violent crackdowns on demonstrators by security force

Demonstrators shout slogans during a protest in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, on Monday. Major trade unions in Myanmar called on members to go on strike to shut the economy amid intensifying violent crackdowns on demonstrators by security force

Demonstrators shout slogans during a protest in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, on Monday. Major trade unions in Myanmar called on members to go on strike to shut the economy amid intensifying violent crackdowns on demonstrators by security force

Protesters react after tear gas was fired during a demonstration against the military coup in Yangon on March 8

Protesters react after tear gas was fired during a demonstration against the military coup in Yangon on March 8

Protesters react after tear gas was fired during a demonstration against the military coup in Yangon on March 8

Protesters hold homemade shields as they face off with police during a demonstration against the military coup in Naypyidaw on March 8

Protesters hold homemade shields as they face off with police during a demonstration against the military coup in Naypyidaw on March 8

Protesters hold homemade shields as they face off with police during a demonstration against the military coup in Naypyidaw on March 8

Anti-coup protesters flash a three-fingered sign of resistance during a demonstration in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Monday, March 8. The escalation of violence in Myanmar as authorities crack down on protests against the February 1 coup is raising pressure for more sanctions against the junta

Anti-coup protesters flash a three-fingered sign of resistance during a demonstration in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Monday, March 8. The escalation of violence in Myanmar as authorities crack down on protests against the February 1 coup is raising pressure for more sanctions against the junta

Anti-coup protesters flash a three-fingered sign of resistance during a demonstration in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Monday, March 8. The escalation of violence in Myanmar as authorities crack down on protests against the February 1 coup is raising pressure for more sanctions against the junta

People evacuate an injured demonstrator during a protest in Myitkyina, Mynamar March, in this still image taken from a social media video

People evacuate an injured demonstrator during a protest in Myitkyina, Mynamar March, in this still image taken from a social media video

People evacuate an injured demonstrator during a protest in Myitkyina, Mynamar March, in this still image taken from a social media video

Residents said Kyal Sin’s body had been exhumed on Friday by a team who arrived under police and military guard and kept people away from the grave site. 

The tomb was sealed with fresh cement and discarded rubber boots and gloves and plastic surgical gowns littered the site on Saturday.

Kyal Sin was among at least 38 people killed on Wednesday, the bloodiest day so far in attempts by security forces to stop protests against the coup that has prompted daily demonstrations for over a month.

Protesters make the three-finger salute during a demonstration against the military coup in Naypyidaw on March 8

Protesters make the three-finger salute during a demonstration against the military coup in Naypyidaw on March 8

Protesters make the three-finger salute during a demonstration against the military coup in Naypyidaw on March 8

Protesters react after tear gas was fired by police during a demonstration against the military coup in Naypyidaw on March 8

Protesters react after tear gas was fired by police during a demonstration against the military coup in Naypyidaw on March 8

Protesters react after tear gas was fired by police during a demonstration against the military coup in Naypyidaw on March 8

Anti-coup protesters stay behind a makeshift barricade during a demonstration as police prepare to fire tear gas in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Monday, March 8, 2021. Myanmar security forces are continuing to clamp down on anti-coup protesters, firing tear gas to break up a crowd of around 1,000 people who were demonstrating in the capital, Naypyitaw

Anti-coup protesters stay behind a makeshift barricade during a demonstration as police prepare to fire tear gas in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Monday, March 8, 2021. Myanmar security forces are continuing to clamp down on anti-coup protesters, firing tear gas to break up a crowd of around 1,000 people who were demonstrating in the capital, Naypyitaw

Anti-coup protesters stay behind a makeshift barricade during a demonstration as police prepare to fire tear gas in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Monday, March 8, 2021. Myanmar security forces are continuing to clamp down on anti-coup protesters, firing tear gas to break up a crowd of around 1,000 people who were demonstrating in the capital, Naypyitaw

The army says it has been restrained in the use of force, but that it will not allow protests to threaten stability.

The army said it overthrew and detained elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi after the electoral commission rejected its allegations of fraud in an election in November that her party had won by a landslide.

Protesters reject the army’s promise of new elections and demand the release of Suu Kyi and other detainees.

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