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Third NLD Member Dies While Being Detained by Myanmar Military Regime

By The Irrawaddy 1 April 2021

A member of the National League for Democracy (NLD) in Naypyitaw has died while being detained by the military regime.

U Kyaw Kyaw, an executive member of the NLD’s branch in Naypyitaw’s Zabuthiri Township, died on March 30 while being interrogated by the security forces. He is the third member of the NLD to die in custody since the junta’s Feb. 1 coup.

His family were allowed one final look at his corpse, but regime authorities refused to allow them to take away the body for a funeral, insisting that they would arrange one themselves.

On March 9, NLD member Ko Zaw Myat Lin, who was in charge of the Suu Vocation Institute in Yangon’s Shwepyithar Township, died while being detained by the regime.

Family members said that Ko Zaw Myat Lin had suffered a large wound to his abdomen. The military claimed that he was injured by a pointed object when he climbed over a fence while attempting to escape arrest.

Ko Zaw Myat Lin was arrested by the security forces during a raid on the institute late at night on March 8. Three students and three local residents were also arrested during the raid. Vehicles, computers, phones and money at the school, which offers free training courses to young people, were also confiscated by the security forces.

NLD member U Khin Maung Latt was tortured to death by the regime on March 6. The 58-year-old Muslim, an NLD ward chairman in Yangon’s Pabedan Township and a campaign manager for NLD candidates in the 2015 and 2020 elections, died hours after being detained by the security forces on the evening of March 6.

Over 2,700 people have been arrested by the regime since the coup, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP). They include elected leaders, NLD members, election commissioners, activists, anti-regime protesters, artists, writers, journalists, teachers and civilians,

Around 230 of the detainees are NLD members.

As of Wednesday, around 536 people have been killed by the junta during crackdowns and raids on anti-regime protesters and innocent bystanders, said AAPP.

 

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