Wife and Newborn Baby of Anti-Regime Activist Held as Hostages by Myanmar Junta

By The Irrawaddy 7 May 2021

Junta forces took the wife and 20-day-old baby of a protest leader hostage in Mudon, Mon State on Wednesday night.

A large number of security forces, accompanied by two informants, were searching for anti-regime activists in Mudon. Their targets included U Than Win, who has been at the forefront of the resistance movement against the military regime in the town.

“Security forces came in separate groups around 9pm on Wednesday to search for activists. U Than Win was not at his home at the time. He has been in hiding. There were three people at U Than Win’s house: his wife, their son and the newborn baby. The security forces took away his wife who had only just given birth and the baby,” said a Mudon resident.

Junta forces then told U Than Win’s son to phone his father and tell him that they had taken his wife and infant hostage.

On Wednesday in Mudon, security forces also arrested a striking teacher, National League for Democracy information officer U Ko Ko Oo, and protester leader U Pyuu.

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