The Military Council has reportedly installed five CCTV cameras in Hakha, the capital of Chin State, to monitor the activities of the Chin resistance.
Salai Mang Hare Liang, the project manager of the Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO), said the cameras were strategically placed in the town, near government offices, the chief minister’s residence, and on a street leading to a church, and expects the regime to install more cameras.
“Burma army camps, police stations, and government department offices have all been attacked in Hakha”, where fighting occurs frequently, he said.
An anonymous source mentioned that prior to the 2021 military coup, CCTV cameras were installed at banks and hospitals.
After the army seized control, the cameras have been placed around the town to monitor the people, which has raised fears of increased civilian arrests.
An anonymous officer with the Chinland Defense Force, which is fighting against the Burma army in Hakha Township, confirmed the installation of the cameras.
As well as “key public locations”, they have also been placed at the Military Council’s camps, he said
Martial law has been imposed in eight of the state’s nine townships, with the exception of Paletwa Township. Apart from the major towns, the Chin resistance holds significant control of the countryside.