Junta lobbyists disseminate false information through sharing images of arrested young protestors as drug addicts

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Real vs. Fake News

Mingalabar! Welcome to Than Lwin Times’ Real vs. Fake News program.

This program checks for fake news and misinformation about revolution events on social media

after the military takeover.

Today, we will verify the news and photos spread by pro-junta fake accounts, saying “Young drug users in Yangon region stage protest against the military dictatorship”.

This fake news has been circulated on the Myanmar Hard Talk Facebook page since July 2.

The Than Lwin Times investigated the post and photos and discovered them to be false.

Than Lwin Times confirmed that images of detained teenagers participating in the anti-regime protests on July 3 were circulated on social media, and army supporters propagated fake information and made accusations.

A total of seven people, including two youths, were arrested for hanging anti-dictatorship banners in Shwe Pyi Thar Township, Yangon Region, on July 2nd and 3rd, reported RFA, citing residents of Shwe Pyi Thar.

Authorities arrested some young people on the afternoon of July 2nd after they placed a placard on the entry door of No. 9 Middle School, Ward No. 11 in Shwe Pyi Thar Township, reading, “Don’t forget the memory of 7-7-62 written with the blood of students, reported RFA.

The following day, five more young men were arrested in a dormitory on Myat Lay Road, Ward No. 19, Shwe Pyi Thar Township.

Than Lwin has verified that the military council has been arresting local residents and young dissidents, distributing photographs of them in their cells, accusing them of being thieves, robbers, and drug users, and distributing them on social networks.

RFA’s report
https://shorturl.at/gDEMR

DVB’s report
https://shorturl.at/axIQX

According to the reliable sources mentioned above, the report “Young drug users in Yangon region stage protest against the military dictatorship” is just false information spread by junta supporters.

Than Lwin Times

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