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Ethnic Militia Deny Forcing NLD Members to Resign at Gunpoint

5 June 2013

The ethnic Pa-O paramilitary group has denied it forced National League for Democracy members to resign their posts at gunpoint last month, the Democratic Voice of Burma reported on Wednesday. The NLD, which is led by Aung San Suu Kyi, said 57 party members in Shan State resigned on May 16 following threats from the Pa-O. The Pa-O said the NLD members were not coerced. But the NLD’s local chair Tin Maung Toe maintains the party members were tied up for two or three days and forced to sign resignation letters. The NLD filed complaints to the Union Election Commission.