Eine Mae villagers pressured not to host NLD members

Feb 26, 2009 (DVB), Authorities in Eine Mae, Irrawaddy division, have pressured local villagers not to provide accommodation for National League for Democracy members, accusing the group of a plotting bomb attacks in the region.

Aung Din, the NLD chair in Mayanpin village, was chastised after he let youth wing member Htin Kyaw Linn from Eine Mae stay at his house when he visited the village.

Local authorities questioned Aung Din and warned him he would be punished if fail to inform them of such activities in the future, said Eine Mae NLD chair Maung Maung Gyi.

"The township's deputy police chief Min Thu Khine told Aung Din not to let Htin Kyaw Linn stay at his house again, saying they can't risk having bombings in the township," said Maung Maung Gyi.

"He warned Aung Din that he would be punished if he failed to let them know when NLD members visit the village again," he said.

"The government authorities are trying to create divisions between us and the people by calling us bomb plotters , they are basically defaming us."

Some other party members said Eine Mae's local police chief Sein Win had recently told officials from villages in the region during a community meeting to inform the police station of any visits made to their villages by NLD members.

Reporting by Ahunt Phone Myat

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