Thousands pay respects to Ludu Daw Amar

Apr 9, 2008 (DVB), Around 4000 people came to pay their respects at Ludu Daw Amar's funeral today, while supporters including detained democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi sent floral tributes to the respected writer.

Ludu Daw Amar's body was taken from her daughter's house at 10am today to be cremated at Kyanekan cemetery in Mandalay.

Ludu Daw Amar's son Ko Nyein Chan, better known as writer Nyi Pu Lay, said thousands of fans, writers and politicians attended the funeral.

"A lot of respected writers from Rangoon came to the funeral, and about 4000 people came in total," Nyein Chan said.

"Daw Amar's ashes will be scattered in the Irrawaddy river at 1.30pm this afternoon," he said, speaking earlier today.

Before the funeral today, Ludu Daw Amar's body was displayed at her daughter Daw Than Yin Mar's house, where journalists, politicians, literary figures and other admirers came from across Burma to pay their last respects.

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the National League for Democracy leader who remains under house arrest, was among those who sent a floral tribute.

Ludu Daw Amar's son Nyein Chan said a basket containing over 100 red rosebuds and a message of condolence from Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was left at Than Yin Mar's house by unknown guests.

Poet Maung Ne Oo, who was at Than Yin Mar's house, said more than 40 wreaths had been received from various organisations, the publishing industry and from private individuals.

"We have so far about over 40 wreaths including the one sent from Daw Aung San Suu Kyi," Maung Ne Oo said.

"The wreaths were sent by the National League for Democracy, 88 Generation Students, some popular magazines and journals and the government censor board also sent one."

Nyein Chan said that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi had also sent five pairs of monks' robes as part of the traditional merit-making.

"Daw Suu sent these robes after getting legal permission to do so," Nyein Chan said.

"Apparently she told the government officials it was really important that they were sent."

The family of the late poet Min Thu Wun also donated a pair of robes.

Reporting by Aye Nai

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