2 Myanmar protesters killed by police fire, reports say

Anti-coup protesters hold an image of Mya Thwet Thwet Khine with a sign that reads "We Lost Our People" during an anti-coup protest rally in Mandalay, Myanmar Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021. Anti-coup protesters in Myanmar's two largest cities on Saturday paid tribute to the young woman who died a day earlier after being shot by police during a rally against the military takeover. (AP Photo)

MANDALAY, Myanmar (AP) — Two anti-coup protesters in Myanmar were shot dead Saturday by riot police who fired live rounds, local media reported.

The deaths occurred in Mandalay, the country’s second-largest city. One of the victims was shot in the head and died at the scene, according to Frontier Myanmar. Another was shot in the chest and died en route to the hospital.

Several other serious injuries were also reported.

The shootings occurred near the Yadanabon dock, where tear gas and rubber bullets were used on protesters earlier in the day.