Burmese authorities arrest three political activists

Jun 18, 2008 (DVB)-Three members of the 88 Generation Students group who are helping the victims of Cyclone Nargis were arrested by the authorities last Friday 13 June.

According to sources close to their families, Ko Myat Thu, Ma Yin Waing, and Ma Tin Tin Cho, were arrested by authorities in civilian clothing while they were sitting in Shwe teashop in Myenigon Hledan of Rangoon.

Last weekend, soon after their arrest, authorities raided and searched their homes.

The three had been carrying out relief work for the victims of Cyclone Nargis in the name of the 88 Generation Students.

DVB independently investigated the matter, gaining information from a female investigation officer of the Police Special Branch stationed in Insein Prison, who did not wish to be identified.

She said that Ma Ni Mon Hlaing, female youth leader of the National League for Democracy, and two other female detainees were being interrogated in Insein Prison.

The police officer refused to confirm if the other female detainees she mentioned were Ma Yin Waing and Ma Tin Tin Cho.

This is the first time the arrest of Ma Ni Mon Hlaing is reported.

The authorities had been searching for her since she went into hiding after the Saffron Revolution last September.

Reporting by DVB

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