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Entertainment Japanese citizens arrested in Yangon

17:40  31 july  2022
17:40  31 july  2022 Source:   dw.com

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was arrested after filming a government -critical rally in the largest city in the country, Yangon. According to media reports, it is a Japanese documentary filmmaker.

Solidaritäts-Proteste gegen Hinrichtungen in Myanmar auf den Philippinen © EDD Castro/Pacific Press Agency/Imago Solidarity protests against executions in Myanmar In the Philippines

An official of the Japanese Embassy in Myanmar confirmed the AFP news agency to arrest a Japanese citizen in Yangon. The embassy is committed to the authorities for his release. According to

Japanese and Myanmarian media reports, it is 26-year-old filmmaker Toru Kubota, he is said to have been close to a protest rally of opponents of the military junta. The protest was directed against the recently made execution by four activists by the military authorities.

Japanese video journalist detained at Myanmar protest march

  Japanese video journalist detained at Myanmar protest march BANGKOK (AP) — A Japanese video journalist has been detained by security forces in Myanmar while covering a protest against military rule in the country’s largest city, pro-democracy activists said Sunday. Toru Kubota, a Tokyo-based documentary filmmaker, was arrested on Saturday by plainclothes police after a flash protest in Yangon, according to Typ Fone, a leader of the group Yangon Democratic Youth Strike, which organized the rally. Like many activists, he uses a pseudonym for protection against the military authorities.

Protestaktion in Yangon gegen Hinrichtungen von Junta-Gegnern am Donnerstag © Str/Nurphoto/Imago Protest campaign in Yangon Against execution of Junta opponents on Thursday

The Japanese embassy initially did not confirm the identity of the arrested. There was also no information about a connection with a protest. The military, which were ruling in Myanmar, initially did not respond to press requests.

The military in Myanmar fell the elected government in February 2021 and took over the power. The subsequent mass protests were often violently depressed. According to local groups, more than 2,000 people have since been killed in protests and local conflicts with the military and at least 14,000.

media professionals and again in the focus of the Junta

, and several foreign citizens are also affected. Last year the Japanese journalist and filmmaker Yuki Kitazumi was arrested when he reported on the consequences of the coup. He was released at international pressure and returned to Japan in May 2021.

Kitazumi expressed himself horrified. Kobota "is a documentary filmmaker and there is no reason to arrest him when he has collected material." According to the organization Reporting Asean in March, 48 journalists in Myanmar were in custody at that time.

Qu/Kle (AFP, RTRE)

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