Junta-appointed administrator shot dead in Rakhine’s Thandwe Township

The assassination is just the latest targeting officials involved in efforts to begin forcibly recruiting civilians into the military

A local administrator was shot dead late last week in southern Rakhine State’s Thandwe Township, where dozens of officials have resigned over junta efforts to recruit civilians into the military.

Win Shwe, a 100-household administrator from Dawa, a village in Thandwe’s Shwe Hlaw village tract, was killed by unknown assailants on March 21, according to local news outlets. 

He was assassinated for reporting the names of villagers to regime authorities, residents of the area said. No group has claimed responsibility for the killing.  

Dawa is located near Thandwe but is cut off from the town by a number of rivers and streams, making it relatively inaccessible, according to locals.

The killing came just a day after six Thandwe officials submitted their resignations over fears of a violent backlash to the regime’s conscription drive. A total of 27 had . . .

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