Myanmar Military Raids Myanmar Pawn Shop Because Owner Is Part of Opposition

In Mandalay’s Aung Pinlae ward, armed forces raided the pawnshop of a member of the National League for Democracy (NLD), taking jewelry and cash worth more than 30 million kyats (about 18 200 dollars), she said.

May Thu, 44, was issued an arrest warrant by the regime in April 2021 for allegedly violating Section 505a of the Penal Code.

May Thu was not present when 20 plainclothes soldiers showed up at her shop, where she also lives. Instead, they detained her 22-year-old son and 12-year-old daughter, who were released the next morning.

As a pawn shop, we keep the items pawned to us in individual bags with receipts and names on them.
“They took over 200 items, but then released the children,” May Thu, who has been hiding, told the press.

Kyat Tu Yway, who is a well-known community member in Aung Pin Lae ward, was also arrested with May Thu’s children, and he has not been released.

May Thu’s son said the pair were taken to the Lay Myat Nar pagoda compound and interrogated separately.

In turn, they coaxed and threatened them to provide information.
“They asked me how I was related to her,” he replied.

They were handcuffed, put into prisoner transport vehicles, and told they would be taken to an interrogation center after the interrogation ended at midnight, he added.

He and his sister were released in the morning.

Due to her involvement in the Civil Disobedience Movement and anti-regime protests in Mandalay, May Thu has been hiding from the police.

The military council could not be reached for comment on the detention and interrogation of a child and the theft of items from the shop.

By May 29, 2021, the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) reported that at least 837 civilians had been killed and 4,370 detained since the coup on February 1, 2021.

It claims that the number of deaths is around 300, dismissing the AAPP’s tally as “inflated.”

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