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NLD member attacked by robbers posing as officials

Aug 28, 2008 (DVB), Ko Maung Maung Lwin, a National League for Democracy member from Insein township, was robbed by three men claiming to be intelligence agents on 20 August while on a bus home.

The men told him that they were from the Criminal Investigation Department and pointed a knife at his abdomen and dragged him out of the bus and robbed him.

"I can still remember two of them. The person who was impersonating a police officer with a dark blue uniform was quite plump with a pointed nose and thick lips, aged about 30 to 35 and quite dark," Maung Maung Lwin said.

"The other one had fair skin, tall and thin with longish hair and a thin face, must have been about 28 or 29."

The men took a gold necklace, over 7000 kyat, an umbrella and a key chain.

The robbery was reported to Insein police station but there has been no progress made in the case.

Maung Maung Lwin said he did not know if the muggers were real or fake members of CID, but an NLD youth member speculated that they were likely to be members of the pro-junta Union Solidarity and Development Association or Swan Arr Shin.

"Everyone knows that as people are facing dire poverty and difficulties, they are increasingly committing crimes to find a way out," the youth member said.

"But this one is strange. They targeted this person because they knew that he was a political activist," he said.

"In this situation, the public and politicians have no protection from the government , making the criminals more daring."

The NLD youth member said he was concerned by the increasing brazenness of pro-government militias.

"They have been recruited and employed to harass people whenever there are events held by politicians," the youth member said.

"They get special rewards for doing it well and knowing this, they will become more daring," he continued.

"Now they are doing it to politicians and they will do to the people next. It is very worrying."

Reporting by Naw Say Phaw


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