Generation Wave activist arrested

Sep 5, 2008 (DVB), Ko Tin Myo Htut, a former political prisoner and current member of the underground activist group Generation Wave, has been detained by government authorities, according to a spokesperson for the group.

Generation Wave spokesperson Ko Moe Thway told DVB that Ko Tin Myo Htut, also known as Ko Kyaw Oo, 32, was arrested early Thursday morning in Mayangone township by government officials in plain clothes.

"He was arrested on his way to meet up a friend at Amay Ywar teashop near Bayinnaung junction," said Ko Moe Thway.

"We called his mobile phone after we found out, but we only heard some people interrogating him on the other end of the line."

Ko Moe Thway said the group has also learned that another unidentified activist was arrested together with Ko Tin Myo Htut.

Ko Tin Myo Htut was a student activist in the 1988 national wide uprising and he was imprisoned in Insein prison for five years in 1992 for his political activities.

Generation Wave released a statement immediately after his arrest, declaring that the group would not give up its peaceful anti-government activities.

The group also urged the ruling State Peace and Development Council to release all political activists in detention and to use dialogue to find a solution to the country's political problems.

At least 10 members of Generation Wave have been arrested by the government so far in 2008.

Reporting by Naw Say Phaw

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