2 More Student Activists Declared Fugitives in Mandalay

By Zarni Mann 28 January 2016

MANDALAY — Two more student activists have been declared fugitives by a Mandalay Division court, facing charges of unlawful assembly for their role in a demonstration against the detention of their peers.

Kaung Zaw Hein and Shine Min Htet Zaw are accused of taking part in a protest in Mandalay’s Chan Aye Tharzan Township last year demanding the release of scores of students and supporters who were arrested in March during a crackdown on the student movement for education reform.

The court has accepted the case against the pair and a warrant has been issued for their arrest. Their whereabouts are unknown.

Another student activist who is currently in detention, Ye Yint Paing Mu, was also dealt an additional charge this week.

Ye Yint Paing Mu was arrested last December for his alleged involvement in graffiti at Mandalay’s Yadanapon University, where protesters had spray-painted anti-government messages and called for the release of all political prisoners.

He now faces charges in Amarapura and Chan Aye Tharzan township courts.

Earlier this week, 10 students were informed that they will also face charges for their alleged role in a protest more than a year ago.

Fifty-three other students and supporters of the movement have been detained in Pegu Division since the crackdown in Letpadan, while more than a dozen others have been released on bail and are awaiting trial.