Myanmar Military “Kidnap” People At Night Following Coup

As the military continues to detain officials and activists in Myanmar, protesters have been taking to the streets to express their anger.

Myanmar protests: anger grows over night-time arrests of junta critics
Myanmar protests/Picture credit: The Guardian

As the military continues to detain officials and activists in Myanmar, protesters have been taking to the streets to express their anger.

Following a military coup, the elected leader of Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi as well as hundreds of people including doctors and monks were arrested prompting widespread protests and unrest.

“Stop kidnapping at night,” was among the signs held up by protesters in Yangon in response to arrest raids in recent days.

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Memes have been circulating on social media after the coup. One wrote “Our nights aren’t safe anymore” while another read “Myanmar military is kidnapping people at night”.

A tentative transition to democracy which had begun in 2011 after almost half a century of isolation and stagnation under the military juntas came to a halt after Myanmar`s military coup. For years, Aung San Suu Kyi fought for democracy in the country.

The leader has been accused of illegally importing and using six walkie-talkie radios found during a raid in her house.

A number of concerns have been raised over the widespread unrest prompted by the military.

The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, a watchdog group for political prisoners, raised concern.

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“Family members are left with no knowledge of the charges, location, or condition of their loved ones. These are not isolated incidents, and night-time raids are targeting dissenting voices. It is happening across the country,” it said in a statement.

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