Three More People Killed by Myanmar Junta Troops in Sagaing, Yangon

By The Irrawaddy 10 May 2021

Three more people including a striking poet and a doctor were killed by junta troops during shootings and raids, and under torture in Sagaing and Yangon regions on Sunday.

On Sunday afternoon, a medic died after falling from an apartment at the Star City housing complex in Thanlyin Township of Yangon Region when the junta’s forces raided three apartments in the complex.

In the raid, 16 people, including two women and some minors, were arrested by junta forces. Prior to the raid, there were some nighttime protests against the regime at the complex, according to residents.

On Sunday morning, Ko Zaw Tun, a poet using the pen name “Khet Thi” was tortured to death by the junta’s forces after being taken from his house in Sagaing Region’s Shwebo Township on Saturday night.

The poet was arrested along with his wife and another family member after being accused of planning a bomb attack, his younger sister told The Irrawaddy on Sunday.

His family members were told on Sunday to “go and have a look at him” by security forces at Monywa Hospital.

“I thought he had been injured during interrogation. But I found him at the mortuary. His organs had been taken out,” his wife told the BBC.

Khet Thi actively participated in anti-regime protests in Shwebo. Inspired by the protests and reacting to the regime’s crackdowns on protesters, he penned several poems during that time. One outstanding poem included the line “They shot [protesters] in the heads / They don’t know revolution lies in the heart.”

One protester was killed and about four were injured when junta forces opened fire on anti-regime protesters in Myinmu Township, Sagaing Region on Sunday afternoon, according to local residents.

The junta’s troops opened fire on anti-regime protesters who were demanding the release of two detained protesters arrested that morning while they were gathering in a street to stage a demonstration.

A social organization based in Myinmu told The Irrawaddy that an anti-regime protester died after being hit in his upper body with a live bullet.

Amid condemnation from the international community and demands from ASEAN to end the violence, the Myanmar military regime has continued its deadly crackdowns, raids and torture of people opposing its rule.

As of Sunday, about 780 people had been killed by the junta’s forces during their raids, crackdowns, interrogations, arrests and random shootings, said the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP).

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