Win Htein, a senior leader from National League for Democracy (NLD) party, was arrested under sedition laws by Myanmar’s military that overthrew elected Ms Suu Kyi’s government calling claiming the elections fraudulent. But the military has no proof to support its claim.
Who is Win Htein?
A senior leader of Ms Suu Kyi’s party NLD, Win Htein is a 79-year-old aging patron of the NLD and he’s continuously criticizing the military and its leader Min Aung Hlaing in his interviews.
A local news magazine Frontier reported Win saying that the Tatmadaw (military) would go into disrepute because of the coup. He warned that staging a coup at that time was not wise and narrow minded. Also, that he had witnessed the 1962 coup by General Ne Win that made Myanmar’s economy to suffer for 26 years.
Arrested from his home in Yangon, Win was taken to an undisclosed location in the capital and he fears that sedition charges would be slapped against him. The maximum punishment he could get under sedition laws is life imprisonment.
Myanmar erupts in revolt
The residents staged night protests by banging posts and pans and singing revolutionary songs from their homes. Healthcare workers also joined protests by wearing a red ribbon as a mark of protests. But some of them decided to go on strike.
A small group of people took out a procession in front of a university in Mandalay, but the military arrested four persons to disrupt the procession. Myanmar also blocked Facebook after netizens started taking online protests.