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NLD members made to sign agreement

Jun 12, 2008 (DVB), One of 15 National League for Democracy members freed from detention on Monday said they had to sign a document before their release agreeing not to take part in further protests.

Htet Htet Oo Wai and the other NLD members were arrested on 27 May for taking part in a protest calling for the release of NLD leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest.

Her 12-year-old son, Ye Yint Min Htet Oo, was detained along with the group.

Authorities asked them to sign an agreement acknowledging their detention and accepting that they would face punishment under the law if they committed further violations.

"We asked them to delete the lines about facing punishment under the law, but they said we had to sign it to be released and that it had nothing to do with what we did in future," she said.

Htet Htet Oo Wai said police had interrogated the detainees and seized 11 farmers' hats and six traditional jackets worn during the protest.

"During our two-week detention, we were interrogated for two days," she said.

"They asked us why we decided to do it and who the hats and the jackets belonged to."

Htet Htet Oo Wai said the interrogation officers were polite to the detainees and treated them well.

Reporting by Khin Hnin Htet


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