TANINTHARYI DIVISION – Locals reported that two young men who refused to take propaganda leaflets distributed by junta affiliates were beaten and abducted by plain-clothed soldiers and Pyu Saw Htee members.
On June 25, around 9:00 a.m., junta affiliates handed out propaganda pamphlets with the heading “calling back to the way home” to two youths passing by the bronze statue of General Aung San in Myeik City but when they refused to take the pamphlets, the young men were reportedly beaten and abducted at gunpoint by junta troops.
“On my way back from filling up my bike, I was distracted by a commotion on the street. I dared not look up close so I asked the biker who passed by holding the pamphlet. He said that they were arresting people for not taking the propaganda leaflets. When I asked other passers-by, they told me that the youths were beaten up and taken away in their car at gunpoint,” said a local resident.
The victims were around 25 years old and were passing by the area on a motorcycle when the incident happened. Their whereabouts now are still unknown.
From June 23 to 25, the junta affiliates distributed these pamphlets in some markets and crowded places in Myeik City.
The team led by two Township administrators, a team of Deputy Administrators, a team of Municipal corporations, a team of plain-clothed soldiers, police, Pyu Saw Htee members, and ward administrative officers reportedly distributed these pamphlets.