Hell in the heart of Monywa

Myanmar’s junta has transformed the city hall of Sagaing Region’s capital into one of the country’s most notorious interrogation centres

Trigger warning: This article includes descriptions of violent events that might be disturbing for some readers.

In the centre of Monywa, Sagaing Region’s capital and largest city, is its city hall, a building that is now heavily fortified with bunkers and several layers of barbed-wire fence. It has been like this for more than three years now, ever since the military turned it into an interrogation centre for opponents to its rule.

Anti-coup protests began in Monywa on February 7, 2021, less than a week after the junta seized power. A day later, the crowds swelled to the tens of thousands, prompting the regime to impose a curfew and a ban on gatherings of more than five people.

This came as pro-democracy forces in the city, including members of the ousted ruling party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), as well as the 88. . .

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