Mother, 64, Beaten and Seized by Myanmar Junta Forces

By The Irrawaddy 3 May 2021

Junta forces detained the mother of two activists after the security forces did not find the brothers at their home in Yangon’s North Okkalapa Township.

The security forces came for Ko Tin Htut Paing and his brother on Sunday and instead detained their 64-year-old mother, Daw Mi Nge, said Ko Tin Htut Paing’s sister.

“There were large numbers of troops. They asked my mother to give them her phone. She refused. After they found it they beat her,” said Daw Mi Nge’s daughter.

“They stopped the beating only when a neighbor, who helps with household chores, said they were beating a woman who might be the same age as their mothers. They also took away belongings in two sacks,” said the daughter, quoting the neighbor, who witnessed the beating.

The military regime has been providing food through ward administrators in some parts of Yangon, including Hlaing Tharyar and North Okkalapa, where it has killed dozens of peaceful anti-regime protesters.

Daw Mi Nge reportedly refused an offer of free food from the military-appointed ward administrator.

She lives with her 85-year-old mother and 65-year-old sister. The two are left in panic after Daw Mi Nge was detained.

The military has been hunting political activists and striking civil servants and detaining their relatives instead if they cannot find them.

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