Wife of politically-active poet arrested

Oct 9, 2007 (DVB), Mandalay security forces arrested the wife of a politically-active poet on 1 October after failing to arrest her husband, said sources close to the family.

Nyein Thit, a politically-active poet has been on the run from security forces since 30 September, due to fears he would be arrested during the authorities' crackdown on anti-government protestors.

A source close to his family told DVB yesterday that Mandalay police and military officers raided the poet’s house on 1 October and arrested his wife Ma Khin Mar Lar, leaving their three children with no supervision.

"The officials raided their house on 1 October…. They arrested his wife instead once they realised he had escaped," said the source.

"Now their children , with their father on the run from government arrest and their mother in custody , are left with no one to look after them."

Reporting by DVB

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