Myanmar Junta Kills 13 Civilians Over Weekend

By The Irrawaddy 21 June 2021

Around 13 civilians, including three social workers, were killed by Myanmar’s security forces in Mandalay, Sagaing and Magwe regions and Mon State during the weekend.

On Sunday night, two civilians on a motorbike were shot dead in Mawlamyine, Mon State, after they reportedly refused to stop at a checkpoint.

The security forces opened fire on two citizens near a school in Letpanhla village in Singu Township, Mandalay Region, on Sunday night.

Ko Kyaw Kyaw Myo, who was due to marry soon, was killed. The security forces retrieved his body and detained another man.

“He was inviting friends to his wedding. He was shot while passing a school where junta forces were deployed. His friend was beaten and taken away,” a friend of the victim said.

Last Thursday, the security forces opened fire on young people playing football in Minywar village in the township and detained a villager who was shot in the thigh.

On Saturday night, junta troops in three vehicles raided a house in Kale, Sagaing Region, and killed four residents without providing a reason, according to residents.

A witness told The Irrawaddy that he heard gunfire after about 10 troops entered the house.

U Win Zaw Oo, 50, Daw San San Maw, 48, Ko Thiha Aung, 23, and Ko Zaw Zaw, 35, were killed.

An injured female relative was reportedly detained.

Around 40 million kyats (US$24,300), a car and other possessions were reportedly seized.

The People’s Defense Force in Kale said on Sunday that the junta must take responsibility for killing the family.

On Saturday evening, three members of the Sanpya Social Organization based in Yesagyo Township, Magwe Region, were shot dead in Myaung Township, Sagaing Region, while returning home in an ambulance.

Myaung resistance groups accused the junta of killing the three volunteers.

The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners said at least 873 people have been killed by the junta since the February coup.

 Junta torture

 Nine civilians, including three villagers in their 70s, were allegedly tortured by junta forces during a raid on Kin village in Kani Township, Sagaing Region, on Saturday afternoon.

The three older villagers – U Aung Thaung, U Khin Maung Lin and U Kyaw Myint – were kicked by soldiers after being forced to kneel. A young female villager, Ma Khine Mon Htet, was also beaten, according to villagers.

Two villagers, Ko Aung Thet Min and Ko Lone Chon, were seriously injured after being tortured and stabbed with knives by soldiers.

Troops in three vehicles and several members of a Pyu-Saw-Htee vigilante group allegedly looted houses and destroyed Kin’s shops.

Pyu-Saw-Htee militias, named after a semi-legendary Bagan period king, have been formed and armed by the military to counter the anti-regime movement.

A villager told The Irrawaddy on Monday that the security forces appeared to mainly target the property of villagers who opposed the regime.

They also killed a village cow during the raid. Around 3,000 Kin Kin villagers have fled their homes since early May to avoid fighting and raids.

Troops killed an injured man and looted houses in nearby Michaungtwin village on Saturday evening, according to residents.

The junta-controlled media said the security forces were attacked by rioters near Michaungtwin on Saturday afternoon and a rioter’s body was found with a homemade hunting rifle.

Residents said there was no shooting that day and the junta forces killed a 50-year-old villager who returned to the village to collect water.

Leaked photos appear to show the villager was shot dead by junta forces after being injured.

One photo shows the man alive but with a leg missing. A bucket and medicine are near him.

The second photo shows him shot through the head beside a homemade rifle. The photographer’s arm in uniform is visible in the photo.

Michaungtwin was abandoned in early May after junta raids.

On Saturday, two resistance fighters were killed and five others detained during shootouts in Khin-U Township, Sagaing Region.

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