Another Aung San Suu Kyi Associate Dies in Police Custody
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Another National League for Democracy member has died while in Myanmar police custody.
U Khin Maung Latt, 58, an NLD ward chairman in Panbedan township in downtown Yangon has died after Myanmar police allegedly tortured him.
Police and soldiers arrested him at his home during a nighttime raid, according to the NLD.
The morning after being detained, his family was informed of his death, but state officials said he died after fainting. The family retrieved his body, which was covered in blood, from Mingaladon military hospital, according to The Irrawaddy.
U Tun Kyi, an advocate for former political detainees and prisoners, attributes Khin Maung Latt’s death to torture.
U Khin Maung Latt was among seven NLD members that were detained on the evening of March 7.
U Khin Maung Latt’s death comes following the death of another NLD member.
53-year-old U Htway Naing, the National League for Democracy’s local chair, and his 17-year-old nephew Nan Wai Aung were attacked and killed in the village of Kyaung Gone Gyi in the Magway region of Myanmar.
In gruesome photos that surfaced on Twitter after the attack, a body was seen laying on the ground, practically beheaded.
The body belonged to either the village chairman or his nephew, though it was not specified in the photo.
The attack came from supporters of the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP). The USDP is widely recognized as a pro-military party.
Village chair U Htway Naing’s son, Bo Bo, was also attacked, but survived.
Myanmar Now reported Bo Bo’s account of the attack.
Bo Bo explained that the attack occurred as the two victims, along with six other family members, were on their way home from a friend’s house. Then, about 25 knife-wielding USDP supporters attacked them.
“They were waiting in front of the wood workshop,” he told Myanmar Now. “When we passed by, they came towards us and attacked us. They had their weapons ready.”
“When we fell over, they stabbed us with knives. When they couldn’t reach us to stab us, they attacked us with catapults. I heard them saying ‘If they die, we can do whatever we want. Kill them all’,” Bo Bo told Myanmar Now.
The recent deaths of U Khin Maung Latt and U Htway Naing are the latest developments in the violence-ridden post-coup situation in Myanmar.