Junta troops beat students who joined ‘silent strike’ against regime in Yangon

Authorities temporarily detained and physically abused six students enrolled at a technical institute in Insein who had refused to attend class on the coup’s third anniversary

Soldiers beat and kicked students at Yangon’s Insein Government Technical Institute (GTI) for participating in a ‘silent strike’ against military rule last week, members of the institute’s student union said. 

On Friday evening, the day after students at various educational institutions refused to attend class on the third anniversary of Myanmar’s military coup, junta troops arrived and positioned themselves in front of Insein GTI’s main building. 

The soldiers then arbitrarily stopped six students shopping near the Pyi Taw Thar bus stop in front of the institute, according to an Insein GTI student union member. 

“They forced the students into a car, planning to take them to Insein Prison. However, when they contacted their superiors, they were told to release the students, which they ultimately did,” the students union member said. 

“They had been punched in the eyes,” he added, referring to the. . .

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