Security forces inspect civilians’ phones, make arrests in Magwe Region

The military council’s armed forces arrested a high school principal and two labourers in Magwe Region’s Minhla Township on the morning of March 11, according to residents. 

Win Aung Nyein, the principal of the high school in Htangaing village, was taken into custody by security forces at a shop near the entrance gate to Minhla town at around 8:00 a.m. on Thursday. He was reportedly arrested due to his participation in the Civil Disobedience Movement’s (CDM) general strike. 

At the same gate to Minhla, armed personnel arrested two men in their early 20s– Kaung Myat Phyo and Aung Ko– after demanding to look through their phones in search of evidence suggesting support for or involvement in the CDM.

“Since yesterday morning, phones have been inspected. The two young people were arrested after their phones were checked,” a Minhla resident told Myanmar Now. “Police have been checking the entrance gate to the town since yesterday to prevent protesters from entering the area.” 

Myanmar Now has learned that Kaung Myat Phyo and Aung Ko were daily labourers with the Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise. The three detainees are being held at No. 10 Defense Materials Factory, also known as Ka Pa Sa 10, near Minhla, according to the resident. Daily protests have been held in Minhla Township since February 8, one week after Myanmar’s February 1 military coup. 


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