Myanmar military abducts, tortures 11-year-old boy in Mandalay

Junta soldiers arrested and abused four people from Mandalay Region’s Myitnge Township over the weekend, accusing them of supporting the anti-dictatorship People’s Defence Force (PDF), locals said. 

Among them was Moe Lun, age 11, who was reportedly tortured while in military custody on March 26.

“The child was beaten and taken from his home. They also brutally beat and took a married couple and another man,” a local man from Myitnge told Myanmar Now on the condition of anonymity.

The other victims were identified as a man named Htay Win, and Tayote and Win Kyi, who are husband and wife.

They were reportedly held in the compound of the Yadana Gu monastery in Amarapura Township, but only Win Kyi and Moe Lun were released later that day. The two men—Htay Win and Tayote—are believed to have been sent to the interrogation centre situated within Mandalay Palace, “if they are still alive,” the local man said. 

Moe Lun’s face was badly bruised upon his return, but, fearing repercussions from the military, his family did not dare send him to a hospital, he added.

“Win Kyi was brutally tortured as well. They accused her of providing a sack of rice to the PDF,” the local said.  

Myanmar Now called the Myitnge Police Station to obtain comment on the claims but all calls went unanswered.

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