Myanmar Junta Seizes Anti-Regime Celebrity and Journalist Homes
By The Irrawaddy 16 February 2022
Myanmar’s junta is increasingly confiscating the property of citizens who support the revolutionary movement after previously mainly seizing the homes of National League for Democracy members.
In Yangon, the junta has sealed off the Thingangyun Township home of celebrity couple Lynn Lynn and Chit Thu Wai on Tuesday, who went into hiding after last year’s coup, becoming some of the first celebrities to join the anti-regime movement.
A source close to the family confirmed to The Irrawaddy about the seizure, saying that the pair left after the coup as they were being watched.
The singers face arrest warrants for alleged incitement over their anti-regime activities.
In hiding the couple find ways to resist the regime by composing and producing anti-regime songs, they take part in talk shows and help with fundraising and have helped boost anti-junta spirit.
On Sunday morning, the junta confiscated the home of Ko Thalun Zaung Htet, editor-in-chief of Khit Thit Media, an independent group covering junta atrocities and the revolutionary movement. He also faces several harsh charges.
“The seizures of civilian homes highlighted that Min Aung Hlaing and his forces’ robbery and lawless riots,” he said in Khit Thit. During the seizure, junta forces also seized his possessions, Khit Thit reported.
Last week in Mandalay, all property belonging to the Mahar Rescue group, which is providing free health care for COVID-19 sufferers in the city, was sealed off for allegedly associating with people’s defense forces. At least eight members of the group were detained during the raid.
So far this month the junta has detained more than 100 people, including many shop owners and business people, for supporting the anti-regime movement. Several of their houses, shops and other businesses were sealed off after the arrests.
Since the coup, the junta has killed at least 1,553 civilians and detained more than 12,000 people.
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