Myanmar Junta Thugs Beat and Arrest Mandalay Protesters

By The Irrawaddy 12 May 2021

Myanmar regime forces violently arrested around 30 pro-democracy protesters on Wednesday morning, including teachers, during a crackdown on an anti-junta protest in Mandalay’s Pyigyitagun Township. Some detainees were brutally beaten and suffered injuries while being arrested.

Witnesses reported that a group of armed plainclothes men emerged from a private vehicle and opened fire to disperse the anti-regime demonstration. The protesters who dispersed were then arrested.

A protester who managed to evade arrest said the demonstrators included female teachers and that they were beaten with batons and rifle butts by the plainclothes men, and that one was strangled. The regime thugs forced the detained protesters to kneel on the ground before they were dragged away.

A screengrab of video footage shows regime thugs kicking and beating the detained protesters on Wednesday.

Another witness said that some of the detainees were severely beaten on their legs and that one was wounded in the head.

Over 25 motorcycles parked nearby were also seized. Despite the brutal crackdowns on anti-junta protests, people in Mandalay have continued their daily demonstrations against the regime.

It is not known where the detainees are being held.

More than 3,800 people are being detained by the regime as of May 11, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners.

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