School pressured to dismiss NLD teacher

Jan 28, 2008 (DVB), A National League for Democracy member has lost his job as a teacher after local authorities in Pwint Phyu, Magwe division, pressured the school where he was working to dismiss him.

U Sein Win, a member of the NLD communications committee, was working at a private boarding school in Nga Chauk Kyun, run by U Tun Win Naing.

Pwint Phyu NLD member Dr Aung Moe Nyo said the school was pressured by the authorities to dismiss U Sein Win after he attended independence day celebrations in Chauk.

"He has lost his job and the school has lost an excellent teacher, Dr Aung Moe Nyo said.

"He went there to teach because the school desperately needed a teacher, and it will be a great loss for the children who are sitting their end-of-year exams soon," he said.

U Sein Win has been a previous target of government harassment, having been imprisoned in 1969 for his involvement in student protests.

He also co-wrote a song which the regime tried to ban during the 1990 general election campaign and subsequently lost his job.

Dr Aung Moe Nyo condemned the junta's strategy of trying to isolate NLD members from society.

"It is a deliberate and systematic attack. They are trying desperately to destroy us, our party's campaign and our self-respect," Dr Aung Moe Nyo said.

Reporting by DVB

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