Land grab activist vows to go on hunger strike

Land grab activist vows to go on hunger strike

Activist Myint Myint Aye, who was detained six months ago for assisting farmers fighting against land grabs in central Burma’s Pegu division, has vowed to stage a hunger strike against her arbitrary detention.

Myint Myint Aye, a former chairperson for the National League for Democracy in Mandalay’s Meikhtila township and now head of civil society group the Meikhtila Social Support Team, along with fellow activists Khin Mi Mi Khaing and Thant Zin Htet, has been languishing in Pegu’s Paungde prison since early August after they were arrested without a warrant on 11 July for assisting farmers in Nattalin township demonstrating against confiscation of their land.

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They were subsequently charged under Section 6 of the 1988 Law relating to the Forming of an Organisation. However, no sentence has yet been passed down.

The lawyer defending the trio, Han Su Yin, said Myint Myint Aye vowed on Tuesday to go on hunger strike if no verdict was announced by Friday, 13 December.

“The court hearing in Nattalin [on 10 December] was postponed for two weeks,” he said. “The verdict should have been passed as the three activists have been in detention for six months as of 10 December. Now they are planning to stage a hunger strike [on 13 December] until the regional high court passes a verdict on their case.”

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