Thursday, October 11, 2007

Kyaw Thu and Wife Arrested in Rangoon

Source: Democratic Voice of Burma

Actor-turned-activist Kyaw Thu and wife were arrested in Rangoon yesterday by Military Intelligence personnel, according to sources in the entertainment industry. DVB was not able to establish phone contact with the family in order to verify the news.

Kyaw Thu has been previously on the run after attracting the junta’s attention for blatantly showing his support to the monks who participated in last month’s peaceful demonstrations. On the 25th and 26th of September, despite repeated threats by Junta aimed at protesters, he offered food and drinks to protesting monks, along with comedian ZaGarNar, another well-known activist. ZaGarNar was subsequently taken into custody on the night of the 25th.

In a note of encouragement to other civilians who have been supporting the monks, Kyaw Thu had earlier said:

“As Buddhists, by respecting monks, we’re showing our devotion to our religion. We should follow the teachings of Buddha, and not be afraid of threats by Junta.”

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