Myanmar protester dies, pressure on army grows

A protester who was shot in the head last week in Myanmar's capital died on Friday.

Twenty-year old Mya Thwate Thwate Khaing had been on life support since she was taken to hospital, after she was hit by what doctors said was a live bullet at a protest.

Her sister Mya Tha Toe Nwe spoke to Reuters:

"I want to encourage all the citizens to join the protests until we can get rid of this system. That's all I want to say."

She is the first person to be killed since Myanmar's army seized power on February 1.

Police moved in on different protests across the country Friday, baton-wielding officers were seen running at anti-coup protesters in northern Kachin State in the city of Myitkyina.

Clashes have erupted there in the past two weeks and police have fired rubber bullets and slingshots to disperse crowds.

In Myanmar's largest city, Yangon, police barricaded its largest protest site.

A witness said hundreds of people gathered at the barricades anyway, while a procession of several thousand gathered at another point, including LGBTQ protesters, chanting and holding the Hunger Games-inspired, three finger salute of resistance.

Meanwhile, Britain and Canada imposed sanctions on Myanmar's ruling generals while Japan joined India, the U.S. and Australia and in calling for democracy to be restored quickly.

Myanmar's government gave no immediate reaction to the new sanctions.