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Troops arrest round 100 villagers in Myanmar’s Tanintharyi area

Junta troops arrested round 100 villagers in Myanmar’s southernmost Tanintharyi area and are nonetheless holding virtually 80 of them, locals instructed RFA.

They mentioned round 30 troopers entered Yae Nge village in Thayetchaung township and took residents to an area monastery for questioning.

“All of the individuals who had been there have been arrested. Troops opened hearth and captured them when some folks ran,” mentioned a villager who didn’t need to be named for safety causes.

He mentioned he didn’t know the names and ages of these arrested however mentioned each women and men had been being questioned by the junta.

Different locals speculated that the junta is interrogating them as a result of there are Individuals’s Protection Forces in neighboring villages.

RFA known as Yin Htwe, the junta spokesperson for Tanintharyi area, however he mentioned he didn’t know in regards to the incident.

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Tanintharyi area, bordering Thailand, has seen a number of the fiercest resistance to rule by Myanmar’s army, which seized energy in a Feb. 2021 coup.

There have been greater than 3,700 clashes within the area and practically 400 deaths between Feb. 2021 and Feb. 2023, in response to the UN Group for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

The junta declared martial legislation in Palaw and Tanintharyi townships on Feb. 2 this yr and despatched extra troops into the world as armed clashes intensified and residents staged nonviolent “silent strikes” throughout Tanintharyi.

The junta has arrested practically 21,500 civilians throughout Myanmar because the coup, in response to the Help Affiliation for Political Prisoners. Greater than 17,500 are nonetheless in custody.

Translated by RFA Burmese. Edited by Mike Firn.

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