Myanmar’s youth under threat, economy suffers major losses

A military junta seized power from the civilian government in Myanmar last year. Thousands of people were subsequently killed and arrested. Before that, Honin Si lived peacefully in the southern city of Dawe. During that time, he would go to the office, go out on weekends, see the surrounding nature by bicycle or reach the top of the hill with friends to observe the beauty of the Andaman Sea. But those days are over. Online Al Jazeera published a long report on this.

It is said that after the military coup, they began a terrible repression against those who opposed the military rule. Their biggest opponent in particular is the youth society. They are more Protestant. But when the burden of the country’s economy should rest on these young people, they have to run. The country’s economy is collapsing.

The dream they created by getting education is also swept away. Ko Bo Chee, co-secretary of the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, said the military junta sees every young person as the country’s worst enemy. Documentaries from human rights groups say the junta government’s crackdown on pro-democracy activists after the military coup has killed at least 900 young people between the ages of 16 and 35. At least 2,800 people in the same age group were arrested. He said that youth should be the future of the country. But they are eliminated through military detention, torture and murder. As a result, the country and future society are destroyed.

The journalist from Al Jazeera spoke with 8 young people from Tanintharyi, the southernmost part of Myanmar. They said there is no youth class in the cities. Most of them escaped. Have taken refuge in various areas. or joined the resistance movement. Among those who are still in the area, there is constant fear, despair. Honin C is in his late twenties. He protested peacefully. After the coup, he started raising money on Facebook for the civil servants’ strike. But now he hardly goes out. Do not post on Facebook or any other medium. Recently, some persons associated with him have been arrested. Because these people gave humanitarian aid to the displaced. After learning this, Honin C went to a friend’s house and hid for a few days. He said, we young people think our lives have stopped. We have no hope for the future.

On February 1, 2021, a military coup took place in Myanmar. The military seized power after the government of elected civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi was overthrown. Myanmar erupted in protest. But the military junta used deadly weapons to suppress them. They carried out severe repression against these unarmed people. But the people changed their strategy of revolution. As a result, the junta government did not want to keep a place where there is someone who opposes military rule. The army and police regularly surrounded the homes of the suspects. They searched from house to house. Search at night to check if there is a guest in a house at night. If they find someone who is not registered with the authorities, they arrest him.

The junta government is going after the opposition’s relatives and people in hiding to come out. The military junta has arrested at least 450 people since the coup, including elderly parents and their teenage children. It doesn’t end here. Guards also stop people walking in the street and frisk them. They check whether the person concerned has a link with the resistance movement. At least 7 people were brutally shot for driving past the checkpoint without stopping at the stop signal. They shot and killed a man sitting on the back of a motorcycle for carrying a person other than the driver. Since November last year, it has been prohibited to transport a male rider on a motorcycle.

Online activities are also dangerous. At least 200 people have been arrested for inciting and creating terror via social media. Of these, 7 have been sentenced to 7 to 10 years in prison on charges of terrorist financing. Interviewees say there is no safe place for them in Myanmar.

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