Another NLD Member Killed and Poet Burned to Death

By The Irrawaddy 16 May 2021

Another National League for Democracy (NLD) member was assassinated in Shan State by unknown attackers and the party’s lawmaker in Ayeyarwady Region was detained on Saturday.

Sai Kan Nyunt, a member of the NLD who ran in the November general election for Hsipaw Township, was hacked to death at noon in Kho Yaung village, Tangyan Township, while traveling from Hsipaw.

A social worker said the NLD MP was found dead with knife cuts and bruises. His body was taken to a Tangyan hospital. The attackers have not been identified.

An NLD Magwe regional chair and his 17-year-old nephew were killed in a mob attack by sword- and machete-wielding Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) supporters in Kyaung Kone Gyi village in Pwintbyu in the region in March. Villagers alleged that a USDP candidate who lost in November to the NLD in the township and USDP members were among the attackers.

Three other NLD members, two in Yangon Region and one in Naypyitaw, have died in junta custody.

Detained NLD lawmaker Dr. Tin Min Htut from Ayeyarwady Region

Since the coup, the regime’s main target has been the NLD membership. They initiated the coup by detaining State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and President U Win Myint on Feb. 1 along with other key members. Abductions have continued, especially at night, including elected lawmakers from the 2020 general election across the country. So far around 200 NLD members have been detained.

On Saturday night, Dr. Tin Min Htut, a lawmaker who was elected in November in Ayeyarwady Region’s Pantanaw Township was detained by junta forces.

Media reports said he was seized at around 9:30pm from his house.

Poet U Sein Win from Monywa

In an attack by an unknown man in Monywa, Sagaing Region, poet and philanthropist U Sein Win was burned alive while collecting donations for those displaced by violence in a Monywa industrial zone on Friday. Observers said the murderer, who is at large, was dressed as a worker and poured gasoline on his back and set it on fire. He died in hospital that evening from burns.

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