Civilian jailed, beaten to death after resisting payment to junta officials

Authorities arrested and killed a retired police officer in Ayeyarwady Region after he declined to cooperate with regime-appointed administrators, who were distributing mandatory house number cards to facilitate military conscription

A man was beaten to death while in military custody on Wednesday in Kyangin Township, Ayeyarwady Region after he chose not to pay “taxes” local junta administrators had demanded from him. 

The victim was Than Tun Aye, 55, a retired policeman. A group of administrators was making rounds in his neighbourhood on Wednesday morning, according to residents, distributing house number cards to local people’s homes and asking for payments in return.  

He protested when asked to make the required payment, his neighbours said. 

“He said that it was a burden because he was already under a lot of stress. Nga Naing, the Pyu Saw Htee leader from their ward, wrote a complaint to the administrator,” a resident of the neighbourhood told Myanmar Now, referring to the junta-trained Pyu Saw Htee . . .

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