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$85 to retrieve the dead after bloody Burmese military clash



PHOTO: Bago was the site of a bloody crackdown yesterday.

Activists say the Burmese military is charging US$85 to families to recover the bodies that security forces killed in last Friday’s violent clash. The city of Bago, just northeast of Yangon, was raided by military forces with 82 people killed according to Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, a local advocacy group. Since the February 1 coup, the military has been systematically cracking down against peaceful protesters, detaining 3,000 civilians and killing over 700 more.

Eyewitnesses in Bago say the Burmese military used grenades, RPGs, and assault rifles to quell anti-coup protestors, forcing many villagers and activists to flee and go into hiding. Military security forces are going through the neighbourhoods now and have cut off internet access. Burmese forces claimed they were attacked by protestors while removing road barriers, alleging that demonstrators used homemade guns, shields, grenades, arrows and fire bottles.

In the aftermath of the bloody clash, the military charged families 120,000 Burmese Kyat (about $85) to collect the bodies of lost relatives. This was reported by Bago University Students’ Union’s Facebook page as well as Radio Free Asia’s Burmese service.

NGO Human Rights Watch had published a call for the European Union to take action and implement strict sanctions on the Burmese military on Thursday. And yesterday the US Embassy in Myanmar joined the call, posting on Twitter, urging peace.

“We mourn the senseless loss of life in Bago and around the country where regime forces have reportedly used weapons of war against civilians. The regime has the ability to resolve the crisis and needs to start by ending violence and attacks.”

A volunteer doctor who chairs the Red Cross in Bago had been detained by the Burmese military police on April 2, and yesterday a second volunteer doctor was taken after administering free medical aid to protestors, according to his family.

Meanwhile, the military’s commander-in-chief and another spokesman maintain that the Burmese military are peacekeepers, trying to strengthen the democratic system of Myanmar by safeguarding the country and investigating a fraudulent election. They deny that they seized power and blame the violence and death in the country on protestors rioting.



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  1. Jean-Pierre

    Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 3:17 am

    The last paragraph of the article shows an incredible display of hypocrisy from the thugs with army uniforms.

  2. Richard

    Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 7:29 am

    How about labelling the Burmese soldiers as “military” using quote marks! they’re definetly not security forces.
    Strange, don’t you think, that other Sunni Muslim countries are keeping their distance from the Rohingya crisis. There must be thousands of young men in that squalid community in Coxes Bazaar ready to have a go at the thugs that killed and raped their people. Why. don’t other Muslim countries provide arms and training to for them to combat this evil. The Burmese military are NOT battle hardened troops they’re only good at murdering defenceless children.

  3. toby andrews

    Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 8:43 am

    Well the Burmese can either rise up with military opposition, or they can revert to serfs serving the self appointed dictators. There are armed ethnic groups in Myanmar, if they choose to protect their own lands and no more, the dictators will stay in power for years to come.

  4. Tun Tun Oo

    Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 10:36 am

    We, Bago city residents, know that only four protesters died in this dad event. But some organizations and medias have disseminated that security forces killed 82 on this day without strong evidences. The first attackers in the riot were protesters, not security forces, we have seen. They include mostly NLD members and they tried to make the army as a villain.

  5. Charles

    Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 3:43 pm

    Good point by Richard … the Burmese people have to start trying to kill and wound the so called military …. high ranking officers if possible. Muslims will never help their own kind though, look at the Syrian refugees in
    the Mediterranean…. no help from Saudi or any other vile Muslim state.

  6. toby andrews

    Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 4:16 pm

    How do we know you are not an agent for the army Tun Tun Oo?
    These Myanmar army dogs have bitten before . . .

  7. Richard

    Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 6:52 pm

    to TUN TUN OO
    So you think using heavy artillery and automatic weapons on kids throwing stones is an appropriate response?. And there is video evidence of thugs in unform slaughtering people who just want back what was stolen from them. The Mayanmar military are nothing but a bunch of self serving thugs.If they had too fight battle hardened troops they would fold like a house of cards. They are only good at murdering defences people especially children . They are the scum of this world

  8. Roger Bruce

    Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 7:37 pm

    Tun Tun Oo (paid by the Burmese Army murderers for this post yes ?)
    They “tried to make the Army the Villian”
    You do mean the Burmese Army the ones that have killed up to 700 innocent people plus woman and children
    The ARMY that shows burning men alive and shooting children in the head…That Army?

    Well then “”Tun Tun Oo”” if we look up the hind legs of a pig then look under the tail

    Good Luck Burma

  9. steen thomsen

    Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 7:07 pm

    the militari is the worst. Why they are so stupid so many years.Shoot the leaders. Good luck!!!!

  10. Niko

    Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 9:29 pm

    I´m also suspicious of these inflated numbers it seems obvious that there are some people in the oposition that think they will instigate a military intervention if they claim wild numbers like 82 killed in just one city

    That´s a cynical and criminal way of trying to achieve your political goals.

    Remenber Syria is way worse today (and could be a lot more if assad fell) than it was 10 years ago.

    And in the case of libya it went from a relative well off country to a battlefield of various groups with all kind criminals, from drug dealers to human trafickers,

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