The bloodied body of a National League for Democracy local chairman was returned to his family Sunday, a day after he was taken away in a series of violent house-to-house raids on residences in Yangon, Myanmar’s second-largest city and tortured, witnesses and local media reports said.
As protests rejecting the Feb. 1 military coup that deposed Aung San Suu Kyi and her NLD government raged on in major cities despite shootings and beatings, video shared on social media showed police raiding homes of politicians late Saturday with guns blazing, while witnesses said police were beating and arresting those on the scene.
Khin Maung Latt, 58, the NLD chairman in Yangon’s outlying Pabedan township, was taken away by the army and police Saturday night and the next day local police told his family he was dead.
The Irrawaddy online news outlet quoted Tun Kyi of the Former Political Prisoners Society, as saying that Khin Maung Latt was tortured to death. Tun Yi helped the family arrange his funeral Sunday evening, the report said.
The Irrawaddy also reported that two people, including the local chair of the ousted NLD in the central region of Magway were hacked to death Friday by members of the military-aligned Union Solidarity and Development Party. The army-proxy USDP is at the center of the unsubstantiated claims of election fraud in last November’s polls that the military cited as the reason for the coup last month.
According to RFA’s tally of verified protest deaths, at least 54 people had died in the protest crackdown and related police brutality.