Burma

Myanmar Junta Forces Kill Charity Worker in Yangon Monastery 

By The Irrawaddy 22 March 2022

Junta soldiers shot dead the head of a charity on Sunday during a raid in Yangon’s Kawhmu Township, and then took the victim’s body away with them, according to local residents. 

Ko Thant Zin Aung, also known as Ko Pyaung Gyi, the chairperson of the Arr Man charity, was shot in his head and leg when regime soldiers raided the monastery in Myogon Ward where the charity is based. Junta forces claimed that some of the charity workers were members of a local People’s Defense Force (PDF).

“They raided the charity and gunned down the chairman. They also took his body. They raided the charity because they thought there were PDF fighters there. As the chairman fled, he was shot from behind. At first, he was shot in his leg. Then he was shot in his head, which killed him,” said one local resident. 

Ko Thant Zin Aung’s charity helped local people during COVID-19 outbreaks. Junta troops reportedly also detained two male cousins of the victim.

The military regime has sealed off the offices of a number of humanitarian associations in Yangon and Mandalay, and arrested charity workers alleging that they are involved in the resistance movement. 

At least 1,687 people have been killed by the Myanmar regime since last year’s coup, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners. 

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