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Activist Su Su Nway and colleague arrested

Nov 14, 2007 (DVB), Pro-democracy activist Su Su Nway and her co-worker were arrested by Burmese authorities yesterday after being caught putting up anti-government posters, according to eyewitnesses.

Su Su Nway and two colleagues were spotted and chased by police after hanging an anti-government banner in Bahan township near Kokhine junction at around 6am yesterday morning.

Su Su Nway and one of her companions made a narrow escape, but the third activist was arrested on the spot.

Eyewitnesses said the three activists were hanging a banner bearing a parody message underneath a government propaganda billboard which reads: "Oppose those relying on Americans, acting as stooges, holding negative views".

"The message Su Su Nway and her group hung underneath the government billboard said, ‘Oppose those relying on China, acting as thieves, holding murderous views’. She and one of her co-workers escaped from the scene while the other one was arrested by police," one witness told DVB.

Su Su Nway was arrested within a few hours of the event.

The other arrested activist was Bo Bo Win Maung, a member of the Daw Pon township National League for Democracy youth wing.

He was previously arrested together with Su Su Nway in Hledan township during a protest against the rise in fuel prices in August. They were detained for one month at that time.

The activist who escaped arrest yesterday was Ko Ko Aung, son of Daw Pon NLD communication committee member U Kyin Hlaing.

His family told DVB yesterday that police and military intelligence officers came to his house to search for him after he escaped.

Reporting by Aye Nai


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