Zaw Lin and Win Zaw Tun were found guilty yesterday of killing David Miller, 24, and the rape and murder of Hannah Witheridge, 23, whose battered bodies were found on a beach on the southern Thai diving resort of Koh Tao in September last year.
The grim killings have sullied Thailand's reputation as a tourist haven and raised questions over its justice system after the defense accused the police of bungling their investigation and using the men as scapegoats- a charge authorities deny.
Hundreds of people, including monks, gathered in Yangon to protest at the verdict, many saying they believed the two men had been wrongly convicted.
"This is just discrimination against us," demonstrator Min Thein Khaing said.
"There was little evidence, no witnesses and not much DNA evidence but still they got a death sentence. It's unfair," he added.
Many held signs with English slogans such as 'Save Myanmar Poor Boys' and 'Free Our Innocent Citizens'. Others held aloft pictures of Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej, saying they were appealing to him for clemency.


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