12/09/2021, 14.41
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Military accused of burning 11 people alive in Sagaing

Several pictures and a video of charred bodies have been posted on social media. Local residents confirmed what had happened. Resistance is now affecting the economy. A plane from Uzbekistan brings in loads of paper to print banknotes.

 

Yangon (AsiaNews/Agencies) – Myanmar’s military has been accused of burning 11 people alive in the central Sagaing Region.

Although the claim could not be independently verified, several pictures have been posted on social media and a video can be accessed on Myanmar Now showing the remains of charred bodies.

According to local residents, at around 11 am last Tuesday, government soldiers attacked Don Taw, a village in Salingyi Township, after anti-coup fighters attacked a military convoy with explosives.

The military responded by going into the village and “brutally killing anyone they could find,” a local witness said.

The charred remains were found inside a hut not far from the village. According to a spokesperson for the People's Defence Forces (PDF), the victims were tortured and burnt alive

Teenagers aged 14 and 15 were among the victims, but it is unclear whether they were part of the resistance against the military junta or not.

A relative of one of the victims told Reuters that the family member killed was a 22-year-old university student not affiliated with any anti-coup group.

About 3,000 Don Taw residents have fled their homes due to recent fighting.

According to the Chin Defence Force, government soldiers recently used a 24-year-old man as a human shield during an operation, then set him on fire.

Similar incidents have been reported in the Magwe and Sagaing regions and in Chin, Shan and Kayah states, where guerrilla groups are most active.

Civilian resistance is affecting the economy, as more and more people refuse to pay the taxes and bills that fund the regime.

As military costs rise, the junta is running out of money. On Tuesday an Uzbekistan Airways plane landed in Yangon with loads of paper for printing banknotes.

After the coup, the kyat, Myanmar’s, dropped by 24 per cent and economists predict rising inflationary pressure.

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