Yangon: Thousands of anti-coup demonstrators in Myanmar ignored the ongoing military crackdown on Sunday. An official of Aung San Suu Kyi’s party was beaten to death during a previous raid in Yangon, while others were detained. .
Myanmar has been rocked by unrest since a February 1 coup ousted civilian leader Suu Kyi from power and triggered a mass uprising opposed to the new military junta.
Wednesday was the deadliest day to date. The United Nations said that at least 38 people were killed as security forces shot at the crowd and killed some protesters.
The UN Human Rights Office also stated that since the coup, at least 54 people have died. Although the actual number may be higher, more than 1,700 people have been detained.
National Democratic League party official Soe Win confirmed that some officials were arrested in the overnight raid, but the exact number is unknown.
At least one community leader with ties to the expelled NLD government, Khin Maung Latt, 58, was killed when the former Political Prisoners Association raided the town of Pabedan in Yangon.
“He was beaten and taken in a raid last night and it seems he underwent a harsh interrogation,” he told AFP, adding his body had been taken to a cemetery.
NLD MP Sithu Maung posted on Facebook that security forces last night were also searching for the party s information officer Maung Maung but had been unable to find him.
“Maung Maung s brother was beaten by police and soldiers and his body was held in an upside-down position while he was tortured because there was no one to arrest,” the MP said.
State-run media on Sunday warned ousted lawmakers involved in a group called the Committee Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw — which is claiming to be the legitimate elected government — that they are committing “high treason” and could be sentenced to death or 22 years in jail.
The junta has declared group members personae non-grata and says those who communicate with them could face seven years prison.