Military detains six teenagers for dissenting on conscription

Junta personnel in plainclothes overheard the group discussing compulsory military service at a restaurant before confiscating their phones and arresting them

Relatives and locals said they had been unable to contact six teenagers in Naypyitaw after junta authorities arrested them on Friday for opposing the military’s plans to conscript new troops. 

Military authorities detained the six young people—all between 16 and 18 years old—from the Sein Lae Kan Thar restaurant and nature park in Ywar Thit village, Pobbathiri Township. 

Three of those arrested were from Mae Dee village, Lewe Township and were identified as Khant Nyar Aung, 18; Thet Naung Tun, 16; and Yan Lin Aung, 16, of whom the latter two are in ninth grade at school. Identifying information on the other detainees is still unavailable.

“They were talking about how they didn’t want to be conscripted and how Min Aung Hlaing was wrong. The soldiers overheard, seized their phones, checked their group chats, and arrested them,” a Naypyitaw resident said.

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