Opponents of Myanmar’s ruling government splashed paint and red dye on buildings and streets across the country on Wednesday to symbolize the blood of hundreds of civilians killed by the regime. military takeover.
Protesters in many cities marked the second day of the Burmese New Year with what they called the “Bloody Campaign Against Dictatorship”, the latest in a series of 10 week old anti-government icon show.
Previous protests were of good quantity, flowers and shoes – all aimed at encouraging protesters and honoring the more than 700 people who have been killed since the February 1 military coup, toppling The civilian government of the leader Aung San Su Kyi.
Carrying banners saying “No dictatorship is allowed to rule the country”, marchers dressed in red blood color splashed and protested in Yangon, Irrawaddy, Mandalay and Sagaing areas as well as in Kayin and Monday The states.
Unshaken by widespread opposition to the coup, the security forces continued their fierce attacks with a series of indiscriminate shootings on civilians, including many who did not participate in the protests, and attempts to deliberately encircle protesters in their homes and punish doctors, railway workers and others who have joined the nationwide Civil Disobedience Movement to support the demonstrations above. Street.
The city of Kalay in the Sagaing region, where deadly attacks on the army took place last week and the shootings left about 30 civilians dead, soldiers fired at a group of five men carrying oxygen tanks for one. patient at a medical clinic and injured Aung Myint Shwe, 27, in the abdomen.
“When they were riding motorbikes with oxygen tanks, the soldiers might think they were doing something,” said one witness.
“At first there were two shots and the men thought it was meant to scare them. Then, a series of guns exploded and this man was hit in the stomach and fell off the bicycle.
Residents said they heard gunshots every time a motorcycle passed, but the protests continued without stopping.
In Bago, which is also the site of major bloodshed this month, a fire broke out early on Wednesday and destroyed three pavilions on the grounds of Shwethalyaung pagoda. A local resident said military forces had previously occupied the property but left before the fire broke out.
Act guest list
To remove the latest military government’s opposition in a country that had been drastically ruled by the army for two thirds of its 73 years as an independent state, the authorities restored a law that was Abolish the requirement that residents must report any visitors and visitors.
Witnesses said Aung San Suu Kyi’s government repealed the Visitor List Act in 2016 but the military regime restored it in February and authorities in Myanmar are enforcing it by checking examine each house.
“We have been asked to prepare a guest list for the past few weeks. Forms must be filled out. They came to our ward a few days ago for an inspection. Some are in uniforms and some are in casual clothes, ”said Ma Yin Yin, a resident of Yangon’s Hlaingthaya town, where dozens of protesters were killed last month.
Residents said that harsh laws also apply to those staying in the hospital.
“Currently I am in this hospital to stay with family members who are being treated. We have been told yesterday by the hospital staff that only one person can stay with the patient and we need to bring a household registration list to register, ”said a Yangon resident, who refused to give his or her name to the hospital. .
“Some people accepted military service and many fearful people were put on the guest list and so the people didn’t become a minority,” he added.
“A lot of people didn’t adhere to them and that could lead to a lot of problems. Checking of homes can come in at midnight and people can be arrested immediately, ”he added.
The revised Visitor List Act has stripped of the requirement for subpoenas and witnesses – making it possible for people to be arrested at any time or place without good cause.
Khin Maung Zaw, a prominent lawyer, said: “In most authoritarian countries with many restrictions, this kind of action is to allow governments to track people’s movements. “It should be aimed at finding out if there are any strangers in the neighborhood and who is at what place,” he added.
Husband and wife and children were taken hostage
The witness told RFA that the authorities were arresting the spouses or children of the wanted people when the target was not found at home.
About 40 soldiers and police were searching for former political prisoner Bo Bo Han at his home in Aungban, Shan State, to arrest his wife, Ei Ei Nyein, when they could not find him. Police confiscated three of his personal computers, Wi-Fi equipment and a CCTV camera, family friends told RFA.
Authorities also moved Wednesday to arrest doctors, nurses and medical students, who had marched and joined strikes against the coup, accusing 19 doctors from public hospitals in the Naypyidaw and Tanintharyi and Shan states under Section 505 (a) of the Penal Code for spreading dissent against the military, the military said.
Most of the accused doctors remained in hiding to avoid arrest.
Among them were doctors from the 1,000-Bed People’s Hospital in Naypyidaw, who treated Mya Thwe Thwe Khaing, the first death since the military took over. Doctors have X-rays denied the military’s allegations that the 20-year-old woman was hit by rubber bullets and denied the military’s request to transfer her to the military hospital.
In Myitnge, central Mandalay, witnesses told RFA that six people were shot dead on Tuesday as the army fired bullets at Ywa Thit Kyaung Monastery, where a protest leader was hiding, and dashed across the streets. street of the railway town.
Ko Zaw, 46, from Yankin Ward in Myitnge, was shot in the stomach and died. He survives with his wife and a disabled daughter, while Aung Chit Thu, a 30-year-old mason, was shot dead in the village, leaving behind a wife and 3-year-old son.
“The bodies of two men were hidden in nearby houses yesterday and wrapped in a blanket. They were buried earlier this morning for fear of being grabbed by the army. They are not even prayed to by monks, “said a neighbor of Aung Chit Thu railway workertold RFA on condition of anonymity.
The Association for Supporting Political Prisoners, a Myanmar human rights group based in Thailand, said as of Wednesday 715 people have been confirmed dead and 3,020 are in the custody of the military regime.
According to RFA data, more than 720 people have been killed by the military council since the February 1 military coup., of which at least 23 were killed in Myingyan alone.
Report of RFA’s Myanmar Service. Translation by Khin Maung Nyane and Kyaw Min Htun. Written in English by Paul Eckert.