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NLD member beaten and arrested for "No" placards

Apr 18, 2008 (DVB), A National League for Democracy member was beaten and arrested after setting up a water stand in front of his house during the Thingyan festival with placards bearing the word "No".

Ko Tin Win, an NLD member from South Dagon township, set up the stand on 12 April and invited other NLD members to come and celebrate the water festival.

As they were celebrating, three men pulled up in a truck and asked who was responsible for the placard, according to Pauk Sa, another NLD member from South Dagon township.

"Three people, presumably Swan Arr Shin members, wearing blue pants and short-sleeved t-shirts got out of a truck with licence plate number 7B-1748, asked who put the sign up and beat the guy up," Pauk Sa said.

"There were a lot of NLD members there, but they decided not to retaliate but instead called the police and the township authorities," he said.

"They arrived on the scene, but the Swan Arr Shin members just kept driving back and forth past the water stand."

Then on 15 April, Tin Win was arrested by township authorities and police at around 8.30am.

When senior NLD members went to South Dagon police station to make enquiries, authorities would give no explanation of the grounds for Tin Win's arrest.

Reporting by Yee May Aung

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