‘Fugitive’ ABFSU member taken to Insein prison after police arrest

‘Fugitive’ ABFSU member taken to Insein prison after police arrest

A member of the All Burma Federation of Student Union has been sent to Rangoon’s Insein prison after being arrested for her part in a protest rally last month.

A warrant for the arrest of nineteen-year-old Yadana Su Po Khine, also known as Po Po, was issued last month. She had been present at the Letpadan protest which saw a violent police crackdown and 127 arrests on 10 March, and subsequently attended a protest on the same day at Hledan junction in Rangoon, which was organised to condemn the police brutality in Letpadan.

She faces charges including unlawful assembly, rioting and disturbing the peace.

Kamaryut Township arrested Po Po at her home police at around 4pm on 8 April. The following day, she was taken to a preliminary court hearing at the Kamaryut Township before being sent to Insein prison.

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Po Po is among a number of activists who were declared fugitives by the authorities after their part in the protests against the National Education Law which have taken place in recent weeks.

Nanda Sitt Aung was detained by authorities on 27 March after leading a protest in support of imprisoned activists in the former capital. A former political prisoner, Nanda Sitt Aung was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2003 for attempting to revive the All Burma Federation of Student Unions under military rule. He was released in a 2012 presidential amnesty.

He and three other student leaders – Kyaw Ko Ko, Ye Yint Kyaw and Myat Thu – had been charged in absentia by a court in Letpadan for their role in an education protest in the town earlier this month that ended in a violent police crackdown.

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