A young protester died Friday, more than a week after being shot in anti-coup demonstrations in Myanmar, offering a fresh source of anger inside the country as global pressure grows on the generals who seized power.
One man died from a head wound, media workers including Lin Khaing, an assistant editor with the Voice of Myanmar media outlet in the city, and a Mandalay emergency service said.
The violence in Mandalay comes a day after a young woman became the first confirmed death from the protests.
Some 500 police and soldiers descended on the area near Yadanabon dock after dock workers joined the national civil disobedience movement, refusing to work until the military junta that seized power in a February 1 coup reinstates the democratically elected government. The military has blamed protesters for instigating violence.
An impromptu memorial created under an elevated roadway in Yangon attracted around 1,000 protesters.
It was the first confirmed death among thousands of protesters who have faced off against security forces since the junta took power on Febraury 2, detained the country's elected leaders and prevented Parliament from convening.
Mya Thwate Thwate Khaing had turned 20 on a life support machine after she was hit by what doctors said was a live bullet at a protest on February 9 in the capital, Naypyitaw.
Within hours of her shooting, videos and images went viral on social media of the moment the woman, wearing a motorcycle helmet and red T-shirt, slumped to the ground with her back turned to the police, who doused crowds with water cannon.
"We reiterate our calls on the Burmese military to refrain from violence against peaceful protesters", spokesman Ned Price told reporters on Friday.
One teacher at the scene said she saw dozens arrested in the scuffle, including two of her colleagues.
The protests against the coup that overthrew the government of veteran democracy campaigner Suu Kyi have shown no sign of dying down.
She had joined a massive rally in Naypyidaw demanding the release and return to power of the country's ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi. "We are calling on the armed forces to release detainees and solve democratic problems".
Earlier on Saturday, several thousand protesters gathered in the northern town of Myitkyina and confronted lines of police before dispersing. The Kachin ethnic minority has always been in conflict with the central government, and there has been intermittent armed struggle against the army there for decades. The election outcome, in which Suu Kyi's party won by a landslide, was affirmed by an election commission that has since been replaced by the military. Demonstrators are sceptical of the army's promise to hold a new election and hand power to the victor. They have also called for the scrapping of a 2008 constitution that has assured the army a major role in politics since almost 50 years of direct military rule ended in 2011.
Britain and Canada announced new sanctions on Thursday and Japan said it had agreed with India, the United States and Australia on the need for democracy to be restored quickly.
The army seized back power after alleging fraud in November 8 elections that Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy swept, detaining her and others.