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WATCH: “Shoot me instead” – Nun begs police to stop firing

A nun in Myanmar is being hailed as a hero for kneeling down before police officers shooting at protesters in an effort to stop the current outbreak of violence gripping the country.

Sister Ann Rose Nu Tawng told them to “shoot me instead” of killing innocent children among protesters demonstrating against the recent coup in Myanmar.

“I knelt down … begging them not to shoot and torture the children, but to shoot me and kill me instead,” she told AFP.

Some officers responded to the nun by also kneeling down, but Sister Ann said she saw at least two protesters being killed by police that day.

The outbreak of protests across the country follows the military coup on February 1 in which Aung San Suu Kyi and a number of other political leaders were detained.

Sister Ann is one of a number of nuns who have tried to restore calm in her home city of Myitkyina, explaining to the AFP that police continue to fire on groups of protesters, many of them including children.

Although she is fearful, this was the second time the nun had confronted police on the streets.

“I can’t stand and watch without doing anything, seeing what’s happening in front of my eyes while all Myanmar is grieving,” she said.

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