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A form of control used by the SPDC is the eradication or “ethnic cleansing” of the Shan people.  Anyone thought to be in opposition of the SPDC or on suspicion of assisting any resistance group is immediately and brutally murdered without allegation, trial or conviction.  Entire villages have been massacred; many have been murdered for simply being of Shan ethnicity.

 

Murders, however, do not occur for these reasons alone.  On a daily basis, villages are looted by SPDC troops, women and children are raped and men are beaten and tortured.  Many of these villagers are murdered by the SPDC for fear of repercussion or criminal charges for their actions.  Some are murdered for trying to defend themselves or their families, others for not obliging to the wishes and demands of the troops, and some just for the shear pleasure and enjoyment.  Many of the bodies of these victims are tossed in rivers or dumped in the jungle.

 

  

 

 

There are also reports of cannibalism by the SPDC troops or worse, forced cannibalism where troops have disemboweled a victim and then cooked and forced family members to consume the cooked internal organs or pay the penalty with their lives.

 

Murders are often the end result of torture and are therefore not quick or without suffering.  Many are tortured for hours or even days before finally succumbing to their injuries.  There is widespread use of rocks and sticks used to beat a victim to death, or to use heavy objects to crush and suffocate their victims.

 

Human sacrifice is another form of genocide.  The SDPC holds a tradition that every time the ruler moves the capital, four people are to be sacrificed at each of the four corners of the foundation to the facility.  Human sacrifice is also carried out under, above and on each side of each bridge crossing the moats corresponding to the 12 astrological signs, and the seven passages leading into the capital.  There are 72 human sacrifices in all - many are kidnapped children.

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