Myanmar Junta Forces Abduct Three NLD Members

By The Irrawaddy 7 May 2021

Two central committee members and another youth member of the National League for Democracy (NLD) were arrested by armed men in plain clothes on Friday evening in front of the party’s headquarters in Yangon, the commercial capital.

CCTV footage released by official media of the National Unity Government showed that two central committee members, U Ba Myo Thein and U Soe Win (aka U Soe Lay) and youth party member Ko Hein Min Htet were forcibly abducted while they were preparing to leave the office.

Both committee members were elected to the Upper House of Parliament in the Nov. 8 election.

The military staged the coup on Feb. 1 claiming that the general election, which brought a landslide victory to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s then-ruling NLD, was marred by electoral fraud.

NLD lawmaker U Bo Bo Oo confirmed the arrest of the three NLD members and said both of them have been working daily at the headquarters since the military coup.

In February, the junta raided the headquarters and executive committee offices of the NLD in Yangon and confiscated property from the offices including documents and computer hard disks.

Following the coup on Feb. 1, NLD offices across Myanmar’s states and regions were raided by the military and guarded by troops. The regime sealed off the offices and even removed portraits of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and party flags, according to NLD members.

More than 200 NLD members, including Myanmar State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, President U Win Myint and all of the party’s Central Executive Committee (CEC) members have been detained by the junta since the coup.

In March, three NLD members, Ko Zaw Myat Lin, who was in charge of the Suu Vocational Institute in Shwephyithar Township, Yangon; U Khin Maung Latt, ward chairman of the NLD in Pabedan Township, Yangon; and U Kyaw Kyaw, an executive committee member of the NLD in Zabu Thiri Township in Naypyitaw; died while being detained by the military regime.

As of Friday morning, at least 772 civilians have been killed by regime’s security forces since the coup and 4,809 arrested, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP).

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