The daily life of a hired junta informant in Yangon

A Yangon ex-con told Myanmar Now about how the regime pays him to snoop for unregistered household guests, work night shifts at military checkpoints, and inform on neighbours suspected of anti-regime activism

Zaw is often left feeling exhausted at daybreak by the unusual requirements of his job, which include patrolling the streets of Yangon from dusk to dawn, helping junta soldiers conduct surprise inspections at the homes of fellow city residents. 

Despite these duties, Zaw is not a member of the armed forces, the police, or a ward administration team. He is an informant for the junta who is paid for information he collects on members of the public. 

Zaw, 30, was serving time in Insein Prison when the military seized power in Myanmar in 2021. Released after the coup, he was unemployed and uncertain of his future at a time when the Myanmar military regime was preoccupied with finding and arresting anti-coup activists among the civilian population. 

The junta’s determination to target its opponents gave rise to a rare career opportunity for ex-convicts like Zaw. . .

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