Myanmar’s military regime on Sunday arrested the chairwoman of the National League for Democracy (NLD)’s branch in Yangon’s Shwepyitha Township.
Regime forces abducted Daw Mya Mya Win from her house at around 2 p.m. on Sunday, according to sources close to her. Junta troops also reportedly came for her in March, but at the time, the 75-year-old was away from her home in hiding. On that occasion they instead took her daughter-in-law for interrogation.
“As security forces didn’t see her, they took her daughter-in-law for interrogation and released her around two hours later,” said a source close to Daw Mya Mya Win.
“They have detained [Daw Mya Mya Win] for no valid reason. We are deeply concerned because there were previous cases in which NLD members were severely tortured,” said the source.
Junta security forces arrested NLD member U Zaw Myat Lin, the manager of the Suu Vocational Institute (Shwepyitha), on March 8, the same day they first came to look for Daw Mya Mya Win. He was tortured to death.
U Khin Maung Latt, the NLD ward chairman in Yangon’s Pabedan Township, died in military custody on March 6.
U Kyaw Ko Ko, an executive of the NLD office in Naypyitaw’s Zabuthiri Township, was arrested on March 15 and died 15 days later in military custody.
According to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, a total of 2,667 people were arrested from Feb. 1 to April 4, with 425 people being forced into hiding.
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