The remains of a man in Mandalay, Myanmar, who was shot and thrown on a burning pile of tires and burned to death after being shot by troops cracking down on a protest on the 27th, are nothing but white bones in the ashes left at the scene. (Photo credit: Twitter)
On Saturday (27), the anniversary of Myanmar’s military establishment, demonstrators were shot and killed in more than 40 cities of all sizes, resulting in a total of 114 people killed across the country, including a man in Mandalay’s Aung Mae Da Zan district who was shot by military police and then thrown onto a burning pile of tires and burned alive. In addition, the military also sent military aircraft to the southeastern Karen State villages launched the first air strikes, resulting in at least three people killed and eight people injured.
Comprehensive media reports, the military and police 27 at 9 p.m. in the Ngeme Dazan area shooting crackdown, residents burned tires as roadblocks to prevent the military and police to advance. During a 40-year-old man Ego (U Aye Ko) unfortunately shot in the chest, the military police then arrested Ego, and put him on a pile of burning tires and burned.
An eyewitness said, “After his whole body was on fire, the man screamed, ‘Mom, help me.'” But because the military police kept shooting, so others could not get close enough to save Ego. Eventually, Ego was burned alive, leaving only white bones.
It is reported that Ego relied on selling rice-based drinks to make ends meet and left behind four children after his death.
According to the Karen National Union (KNU), a Karen political organization, the Burmese military launched its first airstrike against the Karen ethnic minority group in the southeastern Karen State villages on the 27th, killing at least three people, injuring eight and destroying many houses.
According to Apple Daily, this is a serious attack in Karen State not seen for many years, although Burma’s ethnic minorities in Myanmar after independence in 1948 are force to obtain autonomy, armed conflict with government forces, but to the 2010s after the federal government to seek national reconciliation, Karen National Alliance also signed a ceasefire agreement in 2015.
However, the military’s coup seizure of power last month triggered a wave of protests across the country, with ethnic groups also joining anti-coup demonstrations and non-cooperation movements.
On Saturday, the military government held a military parade, to which representatives of all ethnic groups were invited, as usual, but it was met with indifference from all ethnic groups, with the Karen National Union tweeting that it would “only attend a celebration that reflects respect, humanity, justice and freedom for all. The Karen National Union also issued an open letter to Burma’s military chief Min Aung Hlaing last week, calling on the Tatmadaw to “stop its active involvement in politics” or the Karen would not meet with Min Aung Hlaing.
The Karen National Union also claimed that its military wing, the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) Fifth Brigade, captured a border post, killing 10 Tatmadaw troops, including a lieutenant colonel, and taking eight captives. The KNLA also displayed captured firearms on social media networks, triggering the military to retaliate with air strikes targeting the very area where the Fifth Brigade was stationed.
Naw K’nyaw Paw, head of the civil rights group Karen Women’s Organization, said the incident has raised fears of a civil war and could lead to an influx of refugees. According to Thai PBS, some 3,000 villagers fled to Thailand on Sunday.
The chaos has reportedly killed more than 440 people since the Burmese military seized power from the democratically elected government in early February, and the Burmese military fired indiscriminately at protesters on the 27th, killing 114 people and making it the deadliest day since the military’s coup.