Myanmar junta troops and militia members filmed burning resistance fighters alive

Video footage leaked online provides evidence of some of the most brutal murders witnessed since the country’s military coup

Content warning: This article contains descriptions of extreme violence that may be disturbing for some readers. We advise discretion in reading this content. 

Two young men struggle in iron chains, hanging from a tree over a blazing fire, covered in blood. They sway and groan as they are consumed by the flames, burning alive.  

A three-minute video filmed by the perpetrators—identified as members of the military-backed Pyu Saw Htee militia and the Myanmar army—captures the agonising final moments of Phoe Tay and Tha Htaung. 

Both 20 years old, they were members of the Yaw Defence Force (YDF), an anti-junta resistance group active in Magway Region’s Gangaw Township, where they were captured and killed in the junta-controlled village of Myauk Khin Yan on November 7 last. . .

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