Myanmar Mass Killings Revealed Updates: According to a BBC investigation, the Myanmar military carried out a series of mass executions of civilians in July, murdering at least 40 males. Soldiers as young as 17 rounded up villagers, according to eyewitnesses and survivors, before separating and murdering the men.
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The majority of those killed, according to video and photographs from the incidents, were tortured first and then buried in shallow graves. The killings occurred in four different events in Kani Township, a hotbed of the opposition in Sagaing District, central Myanmar, in July.
The killings are likely to be retaliation for attacks by militia groups demanding a democratic return following a military coup in February. The military government’s spokesman did not reject the claims.
Since seizing control of the country, commonly known as Burma, and deposing a democratically elected government led by Aung San Suu Kyi, the military has met opposition from civilians. The BBC spoke to 11 witnesses in Kani and compared their testimonies to footage and photos acquired by Myanmar Witness, a UK-based NGO that probes human rights violations in Myanmar.
At least 14 men were tortured or beaten to death and their remains dumped in a forested gully near Yin hamlet, the greatest killing. The guys were tied up with ropes and beaten before being slain, according to witnesses in Yin whose names have been changed to protect their identity.
“We couldn’t bear it, so we buried our heads in our hands and cried,” one woman, whose brother, nephew, and brother-in-law were killed, said. “We pleaded with them to refrain from doing so. They didn’t appear to mind in the least.
In late July, 12 mangled bodies were discovered buried in shallow mass graves near Zee Bin Dwin hamlet, including the body of a young child and the body of a disabled individual. The bodies of some of the victims had been mangled.
A man in his sixties was found dead, hanged to a nearby plum tree. The BBC looked at footage of his body and discovered what appeared to be signs of assault. His son and grandchild fled the village when the military arrived, but he stayed, hoping that his age would protect him.
The murders looked to be a collective retaliation for local civilian militia groups battling the military in the name of democracy restoration. Fighting between the military and local chapters of the People’s Defence Force – a collective moniker for civilian militia groups – has intensified in the area in recent months.
The BBC’s visual evidence and testimonials reveal that men were deliberately targeted, which coincides with a recent trend of male villagers being subjected to collective punishment for conflicts between the People’s Defence Forces and the military. Families of those who died said their loved ones were not involved in any military operations. The soldiers were told by a widow who lost her brother in the Yin village massacre that her brother “couldn’t even manage a catapult.”
A soldier, she claims, said to her, “Don’t say anything at all. We’re completely spent. We’re going to put you to death.” Foreign journalists have been barred from reporting in Myanmar since the coup, and the majority of non-state media outlets have been shut down, making on-the-ground reporting nearly difficult.
The BBC contacted General Zaw Min Tun, Myanmar’s Deputy Minister of Information and military spokesperson, regarding the assertions made in this storey. He didn’t say whether soldiers were to blame for the massacres. He said, “It’s conceivable.” “When they treat us as adversaries, we have the right to protect ourselves.” The United Nations is now investigating allegations of human rights breaches by Myanmar’s military.