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Myanmar’s Army Junta Kills, Detains Youths in Crackdown on Protest Motion — Radio Free Asia


Myanmar safety authorities are concentrating on the nation’s youth in a crackdown on opponents of the Feb. 1 coup that has seen lots of of younger individuals detained and others killed or forcibly disappeared, rights teams and a U.N. company say.

Lots of of younger individuals in Myanmar have been arrested in crackdowns on anti-junta protests and charged with opposing the nation’s navy rulers underneath Part 505(a) of Myanmar’s Penal Code, and plenty of have been tortured in custody, sources say.

Many younger individuals in Myanmar have additionally been killed, stated UNICEF, the United Nations company chargeable for offering humanitarian and developmental assist to youngsters worldwide, in a Might 5 assertion.

Amongst these, 53 youngsters underneath the age of 18, together with seven women, have been killed because the military took energy, and no less than 1,000 youngsters and youths at the moment are being held with out entry to attorneys or their households, UNICEF stated.

“UNICEF is extraordinarily involved concerning the humanitarian disaster unfolding in Myanmar,” Marc Rubin, UNICEF’s East Asia and Pacific Regional Adviser for Emergency, stated in an e mail response to questions from RFA. “The supply of key companies for kids has already been severely disrupted.”

“With out pressing motion, these youngsters will undergo many detrimental impacts—bodily, psychological, emotional, instructional and financial,” Rubin stated.

The generals ruling Myanmar seem to particularly concern the nation’s younger due to their sturdy resistance to the overthrow of the democratically elected authorities of Aung San Suu Kyi, stated Nickey Diamond of the rights group Fortify Rights.

“They’ve the braveness to combat again. So [the generals] should intimidate these younger individuals. That’s why they’re concentrating on and arresting them,” Diamond stated, including, “I feel this may make younger individuals much more united, although, and they’re going to discover new methods to defeat their enemy.”

Detained and killed

Younger males arrested by junta forces are typically held for months with out phrase to their households, with their our bodies then returned after they’re killed, sources say.

On April 6, the our bodies of two youths have been recovered at a hospital in Monywa metropolis after they and three different villagers have been arrested 4 days earlier than by safety forces throughout a raid on Thabye village in Sagaing area’s Yinmabin township

Nothing extra has been heard of the three villagers nonetheless held, one member of the family advised RFA, saying {that a} cousin was among the many group nonetheless lacking.

“We now have made enquiries to Monywa, however there has nonetheless been no details about them,” he stated. “We’re apprehensive that one thing might occur to them if these arrests are nonetheless stored at nighttime.”

In the meantime in Mandalay, Kaung Htet Naing—a 22-year-old pupil at Yadanarbon College—was shot and dragged right into a automotive by troopers on April 24, a member of the family stated, including, “It’s arduous to explain my emotions. [The soldiers] are doing no matter they need.”

“We now have no proper to take authorized motion, and I’m in no place to do something about this. I simply accumulate no matter data I can,” he stated.

The household looked for Kaung Htet Naing in native police stations and hospitals, however now believes he might have been killed and his physique cremated together with others by troopers in a neighborhood cemetery, as proof discovered on the cemetery appeared to attach the lacking man to the scene, RFA’s supply stated.

‘Taking the lead’

Chatting with RFA, one younger man residing in Myanmar’s former capital Yangon stated he now sees Myanmar’s revolution towards navy rule creating alongside two tracks. One will likely be a mass motion involving open protests, he stated.

“The opposite will likely be armed resistance, with those that have realized navy expertise combating with weapons.”

“Younger persons are taking the lead in some ways,” he stated, including, “[The junta] thinks they’ll scare individuals if they’ll simply cease the younger.”

“I feel that’s why they’re concentrating on extra of us now,” he stated.

 Reported by RFA’s Myanmar Service. Translated by Khin Maung Nyane. Written in English by Richard Finney.



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