Burma pro-democracy stalwart hospitalised

National League for Democracy co-founder and opposition icon Win Tin, who turns 82 tomorrow, is being treated at a Rangoon hospital after developing a skin complaint.

Doctors at the Asia Royal Hospital are reportedly checking his liver and heart, according to NLD spokesperson Ohn Kyaing who said that since the rash on his left thigh was first noticed on 9 May, it has “kept getting worse and worse”.

“It looks like a burn wound and it’s just getting worse and worse, making him weak combined with [the side effects] of medication,” he said.

His stay in hospital means he misses the 21st anniversary of the NLD’s unrecognised 1990 election victory, with members of the dissolved party marking the occasion at its Rangoon headquarters.

Ohn Kyaing said it was likely he would spend at least five days in hospital. An unnamed source told Deutsche Presse-Agentur that “his condition is quite serious”.

A prominent critic of the Burmese regime, Win Tin has a long history of health problems, likely exacerbated by the 19 years in spent in prison for publishing anti-government propaganda.

Since being released in 2008, he has complained of regular chest problems, while his heart and liver have been closely monitored by medics.

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