The family of a 19-year-old activist from Mandalay is concerned for his well-being after being unable to contact him or obtain information on his condition or whereabouts since his arrest by junta forces on March 27.
Kyaw Swar Win, who also goes by the name Felix, was beaten and taken into military custody during a roadside inspection by troops in Amarapura Township, according to a friend.
The friend alleged that the military was attempting to track the teen’s contacts through his phone.
“He got arrested while getting his phone checked on the road. When I called him to remind him that we were meeting up, I only heard the voices of the soldiers who asked me where we were,” he told Myanmar Now. “They were trying to lure us to them.”
The friend said that he had heard that Kyaw Swar Win was being interrogated and passed out while being abused.
“His family is worried for his life,” he added.
“I heard that he even passed out during the interrogation and that he hasn’t come round properly. His family is also very worried for his life.”
Anti-dictatorship strike committees in Mandalay released a joint statement on Monday demanding that the military take full responsibility for any emotional or physical abuse Kyaw Swar Win was forced to endure.
Sources from the strike committees also said that three people, including protest leader Thura Aung, who were arrested in Maha Aungmyay Township in late January, were also held at an undisclosed location for two months without being transferred to Mandalay’s Obo Prison.
Myanmar Now was unable to obtain comment from the victim’s family or the military council.
Daily protests continue to occur in Mandalay after starting five days after the February 1, 2021 coup. The demonstrations have been met with violent crackdowns by the junta’s forces.
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