A spokesperson for the National League for Democracy has accused members of Burma’s ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party of seriously injuring two of their youth members in Twantay Township, Yangon Division in early November.
- Author: Naw Hser Kler (KIC)
According to NLD members one of the youths received serious head injuries in the attack that needed hospital treatment.
Ko Ye Htunt, NLD the youth coordinator for Twantay Township told Karen News that the alleged incident occurred while the two NLD youth members – Aung Kyaw Zaw and Kyaw Moe Htet – were on their way back from distributing an invitation letter to NLD members to attend a meeting. Four members from the USDP attacked the two NLD youths with iron bars. Ko Ye Htunt said one of the NLD youths involved in the attack had to be admitted to hospital to get treatment for his injuries.
“The attack happened at about 10 pm, while Kyaw Moe Htet and Aung Kyaw Zaw were sending invitation letter for our upcoming meeting. Kyaw Moe Htet’s head was badly cut, his lips and back are also badly injured – we had to take him to hospital.”
Karen News confirmed Kyaw Moe Htet’s admission to Twantay Township Public Hospital with a woman health worker.
NLD sources said the attack happened on Yate Tha road and the perpetrators were Ko Win Naing, Ko Kyaw Tint, Ko Sein Kyaw Thu and Ko Myo Myo who belong to the USDP’s notorious ‘Swan Arr Shin’ who were used by the former regime to bully and beat up political opponents.
According to Ko Ye Htunt, the NLD have filed the incident to the Twantay Police Office for the attackers to be charge under article 325/114.
Ko Ye Htunt said since the NLD filed the case, with the police the perpetrators have threatened to kill both the two victims, Aung Kyaw Zaw and Kyaw Moe Htet, if they don’t withdraw their complaint.
Ko Ye Htunt said the USDP members responsible for the alleged attack threaten to kill the victims.
“The next day they went to the two beaten guys and told them to withdraw the charges. If not, they would hire a gunman to kill them. Right now, we [NLD] are trying to avoid any conflict that could lead to chaos between us and the government.”
According to NLD sources, conflict between the NLD members and government officials is common. There have been other outstanding charges laid by NL D officials in October that police officers from in Twantay Township Station have yet to settled or resolve.