Burma

Myanmar Junta Jails NLD Lawmaker and Civilians For Anti-Regime Protests

By The Irrawaddy 29 September 2021

An elected lawmaker of the National League for Democracy (NLD) and two other residents of Gwa Township in Rakhine State have been jailed for organizing anti-regime protests.

U Ye Khaung Nyunt, who was elected as an NLD MP in the 2020 general election, U Lu Ni and U Aung Soe Moe were found guilty of sedition at the Gwa Township Court, as well as of breaching the Peaceful Assembly and Procession Law and the Natural Disaster Management Law.

“U Ye Khaung Nyunt was given two years for sedition and three months under the Natural Disaster Management Law. U Lu Ni was given two years for sedition and U Aung Soe Moe was given two months under the Peaceful Assembly and Procession Law and three months under the Natural Disaster Management Law,” their lawyer told The Irrawaddy.

U Ye Khaung Nyunt was detained on February 11 and the others on February 13, after they organized street protests in Gwa against the Myanmar military’s February 1 coup.

On September 17, two NLD leaders from Taungup Township, U Min Aung and U Than Zin Phyo, were jailed for two years and two months each under the Natural Disaster Management Law and the Peaceful Assembly and Procession Law.

The military regime has also detained the NLD’s ousted Rakhine State Chief Minister, U Nyi Pu, and five other state ministers under corruption charges.

A number of townships in Rakhine State in western Myanmar including Taungup, Thandwe, Ann, Gwa and Munaung saw anti-coup street protests following the military takeover.


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