Wounded Mandalay Volunteer Burned Alive by Myanmar Regime

By The Irrawaddy 28 March 2021

A neighborhood watch member was burned alive after being injured by gunfire from Myanmar’s security forces in Aungmyethazan Township, Mandalay, on Saturday night.

Residents said soldiers raided Mintae Eikin ward on Saturday night after the ward administrative office was burned.

During the raid, U Aye Ko, 40, was left behind after being shot. He was dragged away and set on fire at a roadblock by the junta’s forces, witnesses told the media.

Residents said they were unable to rescue the volunteer as soldiers were deploying in the area, threatening to shoot anyone who approached.

The remains of neighborhood watch member U Aye Ko, who was burned alive by the military junta’s forces in Mandalay’s Aungmyethazan Township on Saturday night. / CJ

Around 40 houses were also reportedly burned in Mandalay Region’s Pyigyitagon Township after midnight.

Residents were prevented from helping their neighbors – who were banging pots and pans – put out the fires by soldiers.

A resident told The Irrawaddy on Sunday that regime forces fired warning shots to stop residents reaching the fires.

Some fire engines were allowed to put out the fires.

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