Jun 20, 2008 (DVB)–Police officers and members of the Union Solidarity and Development Association warned the families of National League for Democracy members detained yesterday not to talk to anyone about the arrests.
Dr Win Naing, the NLD’s Rangoon division information coordinator, confirmed the names of the 10 people arrested yesterday during an event held to mark party leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s 63rd birthday.
An NLD member who witnessed the incident yesterday named those detained as Bahan NLD secretary Ko Htun Myint, Hlaing Tharyar NLD campaigning wing member U Hla Aye, Ko Maung Maung Thein of Mingalardon, an unnamed woman and a monk now identified as U Myint Swe.
Win Naing added the names of Bahan NLD joint secretary U Soe Oak, U San Baw and U Chit Khin of Ton Tay, U Maung Sein of Insein and Wah Khe Ma NLD deputy chairman U Htay Aung to this list.
The ten were arrested at NLD headquarters yesterday after members of Swan Arr Shin and the USDA turned up at the event and began beating members of the crowd.
Win Naing said police officers and USDA members had visited the detainees’ families later in the day.
"Police and USDA members went to the houses of those who were arrested yesterday evening and informed their families of the arrests,” he said.
“They warned them not to talk to anyone about it."
The NLD coordinator blamed the government for the authorities’ heavy-handed actions in suppressing the event.
"Some of the people were not arrested in front of the NLD headquarters, but while they were travelling to the event site," he said.
"This unlawful act of the USDA and SAS members who beat up and arrested our members was under direction from the government."
Reporting by Naw Say Phaw