A young woman died, Friday, February 19, after she was shot in the head last week while protesting in Myanmar.
READ MORE: The U.N. special rapporteur for Myanmar says the country’s youth have “had a taste of freedom” and are not going to give up trying to reverse the military coup in their country.
“I’m really impressed with the young people,” Tom Andrews told VOA in an interview on Wednesday.
He said many have learned about life under military rule from their parents and grandparents. But in the last five years, as the country has moved slowly toward democracy, they have experienced some degree of personal freedoms and do not want to return to a military dictatorship.
“These are real young people who are sacrificing everything and risking everything to fight for their future,” Andrews said.
Myanmar’s military, the Tatmadaw, seized power on February 1, declaring a yearlong state of emergency and detaining de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi and President U Win Myint, among others.