Myanmar Regime Steps Up Vehicle and Pedestrian Searches in Yangon

By The Irrawaddy 8 March 2021


Yangon — Police and military personnel are stopping pedestrians and vehicles in Yangon’s Sanchaung Township to search for the posters, helmets and goggles of anti-regime protesters.

Witnesses said the police stopped a car in Sanchaung, one of the major sites in Yangon where protesters gather, at around 9.30am on Monday, and arrested those inside after finding anti-regime posters in the trunk.

“They are deployed along Kyuntaw Street. They don’t stay on the street but are hiding in corners. There are 15 troops below my apartment. They are in police uniforms but most are wearing army boots,” said a witness.

Police arrest a man after they found anti-regime posters in the trunk of his car. / The Irrawaddy

Sanchaung residents are warning protesters not to come to the township as police are also making arrests on Baho and Maha Myaing roads along with Kyuntaw Street.

“They are waiting at the corners to make arrests. They are deployed along Kyuntaw and Myaungmya streets. I can see them from my house. They are removing the barriers at the corner of Kyuntaw and Chantha streets with a bulldozer,” Sanchaung resident Ma Moe Moe told The Irrawaddy.

A man who was hit by five rubber bullets by the police on Baho Road. / The Irrawaddy

Police and military personnel entered Sanchaung at around 8am and residents said they heard gunshots on Pyapon and Kyuntaw streets.

A man was hit by five rubber bullets fired by police on Baho Road. At around 10pm on Sunday, police and military personnel entered several Yangon townships and fired at homes with bullets and slingshots while smashing the windows of vehicles parked in the streets. The Irrawaddy heard reports of around 50 vehicles having their windows smashed on Sunday night.

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