Myanmar Military Reportedly Extorting Families $85 to Get Bodies of Relatives Killed During Protests Retrieved
Myanmar military is reportedly to be extorting families $85 for the bodies of their relatives who were killed by security agents in a bloody crackdown that happened on Friday April 9 to be handed over to them.
More than 82 people were said to have been killed on that day in Bago, about 90km (56 miles) northeast of capital, Yangon, after the city had been struck by the military forces. This has increased the total number of death due to the incident since the military overthrew Myanmar’s elected government in a February-1st coup, to 700, in a statement made by an advocacy group, Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP)
Since that coup, security agent have resulted to a crackdown against harmless and peaceful protesters. So far, about 3,000 people have been detained and forcing activists to keep their heads low.
On Friday, the anti-coup protesters were shot at with assault rifles, rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs), and also hand grenades as the internet was cut off in that locale, AAPP narrated.
“I lived on the main road. The military came and station themselves often,” an eyewitness who preferred to be anonymous narrated to CNN.
“As a result of the threat, we had to relocate into the house in the nearby lane,”
Now, in a Facebook post from the Students’ Union of Bago University is alleges that the military is now extorting families 120,000 Myanmar kyat ($85) in order to have the bodies of relatives who died on Friday handed over to them.
In defence, Myanmar’s military had claimed its security forces were actually attacked by protesters in Bago on that Friday, as published by a state-run newspaper, Global New Light of Myanmar.
” The groups of rioters attacked Security forces while make efforet to remove the road barriers created by the rioters on the streets in Bago on Friday.” “Rioters were possessed with handmade guns, arrows, fire bottles, grenades and handmade shields to confront the security forces.” Global New Light of Myanmar published
“Evidence of ammunition and grenades shows that some small arms were being used,” the report added.
The United States Embassy in Myanmar, however, On Sunday, has called for the violence to cease.
At a time of renewal w/Thingyan approaching, we mourn the senseless loss of life in Bago & around the country where regime forces have reportedly used weapons of war against civilians. The regime has the ability to resolve the crisis & needs to start by ending violence & attacks.
— U.S. Embassy Burma (@USEmbassyBurma) April 11, 2021
Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, Myanmar military’s commander-in-chief, has again stated that the coup, on the claim on being a junta “did not take hold of the power but wanted to take measures to fortify the multi-party system of democracy,”