The National Unity Government (NUG) announced that it would investigate the murder of a woman in Tamu town shown on video being killed by unknown armed men. The video was reportedly made last June, but it was shared to Facebook on Dec. 3. In it, a woman was blindfolded, forced to kneel down on the Tamu-Asia Highway, and killed. She was shot four more times as she lay dead on the road. The junta-controlled media stated that the victim was Aye Mar Tun, 24, a resident of Tamu town. It claimed that she was killed by the Tamu People’s Defense Force (PDF). It was reported that Aye Mar Tun had refused to participate in the Civil Disobedience Movement (CDM), a network of civil servants refusing to work under the military regime.
On Dec. 4, a protest took place in Tamu town to condemn the murder of Aye Mar Tun. Protesters chanted slogans to denounce the PDF, NUG, and the Committee Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (CRPH). “Most of the protestors are pro-military. Tamu is dominated by Pyu Saw Htee members,” a local told DVB. The NUG stated that it would take action against those responsible for Aye Mar Tun’s murder. “We’re investigating the video footage in Tamu that is spreading in social media. It cannot just end with an investigation but we must also take proper action against this. We must have correct ethics and procedures when we are fighting against the blood-thirsty military council. Although we need to fight back, we cannot do it wrongly,” said Aung Myo Min, the NUG Minister of Human Rights.