Myanmar coup: Party official dies in custody after safety raids

A relative of U Khin Maung Latt cries as she receives his dead body from a hospital in Yangon, 7 March

A relative of U Khin Maung Latt wept as she obtained hisbody from a hospital in Yangon

An official from Aung San Suu Kyi’s get together has died in custody in Myanmar after being arrested throughout raids by safety forces in Yangon.

On Sunday the physique of U Khin Maung Latt was launched to his household, who have been reportedly informed that he had died after fainting.

Photos present a bloodstained fabric across the 58-year-old’s head.

Activists say he was crushed whereas being detained by police and troopers, and subjected to a harsh interrogation.

Protests proceed in opposition to final month’s coup regardless of a bloody crackdown.

The UN says greater than 50 individuals have been killed for the reason that army detained Ms Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s democratically elected chief, on 1 February.

The authorities have exhumed the physique of 1 sufferer, 19-year-old Kyal Sin, and mentioned she had not been killed by police as she had been shot from behind.

Kyal Sin, known as AngelKyal Sin, known as Angel

Kyal Sin, generally known as Angel, was 19

Photos from the protests present she had her head turned away from the police.

In one other growth, the army rulers requested neighbouring India to return a number of cops who had crossed the border in search of refuge after refusing to hold out orders.

How did U Khin Maung Latt die?

He actively campaigned for candidates of Ms Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) in current common elections and was additionally identified for his welfare work, The Irawaddy stories.

He had been “violently beaten and kicked before being taken from his home” at round 22:00 (15:30 GMT) on Saturday, based on witnesses quoted by the information outlet.

On Sunday morning, his household was knowledgeable he had died after “fainting” they usually collected his physique from a army hospital.

People flash three-finger salutes as they attend the funeral of U Khin Maung Latt in Yangon, 7 MarchPeople flash three-finger salutes as they attend the funeral of U Khin Maung Latt in Yangon, 7 March

People flashed the three-finger pro-democracy salute as they attended U Khin Maung Latt’s funeral

Funeral for U Khin Maung Latt in Yangon, 7 MarchFuneral for U Khin Maung Latt in Yangon, 7 March

U Khin Maung Latt’s funeral happened on Sunday

U Tun Kyi, from the Former Political Prisoners Society, informed AFP information company: “He was beaten and taken in a raid since last night and it seems he underwent a harsh interrogation.”

On Friday, an NLD native official in a village in Magwe area, U Htway Naing, was reportedly hacked to demise by supporters of the army.

In Yangon, police carried out different night-time raids on Saturday.

The UN particular rapporteur, Tom Andrews, informed the BBC that video from totally different components of Myanmar confirmed safety forces firing repeatedly at buildings as they made arrests.

“And you can see them walking down the streets in Yangon, firing up through the windows as people look in horror down on the streets,” he mentioned.

“These are gangs. This is criminal activity. They’re terrorising these neighbourhoods. So there is a compelling reason for the world to act and for the world to act now.”

Where are the newest protests occurring?

Security forces fired tear gasoline on Sunday within the nation’s second greatest metropolis, Mandalay, after hundreds of protesters turned out.

Demonstrators carried shields as they prepared for clashes with Myanmar armed forces during a protest against the military coup in Mandalay, Myanmar, 07 March 2021Demonstrators carried shields as they prepared for clashes with Myanmar armed forces during a protest against the military coup in Mandalay, Myanmar, 07 March 2021

Protesters in Mandalay protected themselves with shields on Sunday

Demonstrations have been additionally held in half a dozen different cities, Reuters information stories, with police utilizing drive in opposition to protesters in Yangon, Lashio and Bagan.

In the southern city of Dawei, one protest chief was quoted by Reuters as saying: “They are killing people just like killing birds and chickens. What will we do if we don’t revolt against them? We must revolt.”

Myanmar in profile

  • Myanmar, also called Burma, grew to become unbiased from Britain in 1948. For a lot of its trendy historical past it has been beneath army rule

  • Restrictions started loosening from 2010 onwards, resulting in free elections in 2015 and the set up of a authorities led by veteran opposition chief Aung San Suu Kyi the next 12 months

  • In 2017, Myanmar’s military responded to assaults on police by Rohingya militants with a lethal crackdown, driving greater than half 1,000,000 Rohingya Muslims throughout the border into Bangladesh in what the UN later referred to as a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing”

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