Pathein Teenager Shot Dead by Myanmar Military Regime

By The Irrawaddy 1 April 2021

Junta security forces abducted a teenager after he was shot when police and army fired randomly in the Ayeyarwady Region capital Pathein on Monday, and only returned his dead body the following day.

Maung Yarzar Htwe, 15, also known as Poe Che, was shot in the chest in Pathein’s Yarmanya Ward.

“The security forces removed barricades and fired live rounds in the ward on March 29. Poe Chit was hit by a bullet and they took him away on a vehicle. The next day, his family were told to come and collect his dead body from a military hospital,” said a Pathein resident.

His body was cremated on Wednesday. Maung Yarzar Htwe is survived by two brothers and his widowed mother. He worked as a fisherman to support his family.

A striking government employee of the Ayeyarwady Region Parliament Office was shot dead on the evening of March 28, after security forces fired live rounds in residential wards in Pathein.

On March 29, security forces arrested a computer and print shop owner and three employees for allegedly printing anti-regime posters. A poet was also arrested in Pathein on Monday.

Since the military’s Feb.1 coup, eight civilians have been killed in Pathein, the headquarters of the Myanmar military’s South-Western Command. Around 536 people have been killed nationwide since the coup.


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