Two people were killed in Myanmar’s second city Mandalay on Saturday when police fired to disperse protesting opponents of a February 1 military coup , emergency workers said. “Twenty people were injured and two are dead,” said Ko Aung, a leader of the Parahita Darhi volunteer emergency service agency in the city. Opponents of the coup took to the streets in several Myanmar cities and towns with members of ethnic minorities, poets and transport workers among those demanding an end to military rule and the release of elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi and others. Some protesters fired catapults at police in Mandalay who responded with tear gas and gunfire. 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 volunteer doctor said. Ko Aung and the doctor said a second man was shot in the chest and died later of his wound. He was identified by relatives as Thet Naing Win, a 36-year-old carpenter. “They took away the body to the morgue. I cannot bring him back home. Although my husband died, I still have my son,” his wife, Thidar Hnin, told Reuters by phone. “I haven’t been involved in this movement yet but now I am going to. I am not scared now.” Several other injured protesters were carried away on stretchers by volunteer medics, their clothes soaked in blood. Police were not available for comment. Myanmar’s protesters are undaunted, but how far can the military be pushed? Singapore on Saturday said it is dismayed by reports of civilian casualties following the use of lethal force by security forces against demonstrators. “The use of lethal weapons against unarmed civilians is inexcusable,” the ministry of foreign affairs said in a statement. “We strongly urge the security forces to exercise utmost restraint to avoid further injuries and loss of lives, and take immediate steps to de-escalate the situation and restore calm,” it added. The protests against the coup that overthrew the government of veteran democracy campaigner Suu Kyi have shown no sign of dying down. Demonstrators are sceptical of the army’s promise to hold a new election and hand power to the winner. A young woman protester died on Friday after being shot in the head last week as police dispersed a crowd in the capital, Naypyidaw, the first death among anti-coup demonstrators. The army says one policeman died of injuries sustained in a protest. On Saturday, young people in the main city of Yangon carried a wreath and laid flowers at a memorial ceremony for the woman, Mya Thwate Thwate Khaing, while a similar ceremony took place in Naypyidaw. “The sadness from her death is one thing, but we’ve also got courage to continue for her sake,” said student protester Khin Maw Maw Oo in Naypyidaw. The demonstrators are demanding the restoration of the elected government, the release of Suu Kyi and others and the scrapping of a 2008 constitution, drawn up under military supervision, that gives the army a major role in politics. The army seized back power after alleging fraud in the November 8 elections that Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy swept, detaining her and others. The electoral commission had dismissed the fraud complaints. Myanmar protesters pressure Singapore to ‘stand for justice’ Earlier on Saturday, several thousand protesters gathered in the northern town of Myitkyina and confronted lines of police before dispersing. Crowds also marched again peacefully through the ancient capital of Bagan and in Pathein in the Irrawaddy river delta, pictures on social media showed. The United States, Britain, Canada and New Zealand have announced limited sanctions, with a focus on military leaders. Many countries have urged authorities to avoid violence. Junta leader Min Aung Hlaing was already under sanctions from Western countries following the crackdown on the Rohingya. There is little history of Myanmar’s generals, with closer ties to China and to Russia, giving in to Western pressure. Suu Kyi faces a charge of violating a Natural Disaster Management Law as well as illegally importing six walkie-talkie radios. Her next court appearance is on March 1.