Thursday, May 28, 2009

Suu Kyi Protester Arrested - Zaw Nyut

The Irrawaddy News

A solo demonstrator was arrested at about 1:20 p.m. On Thursday for protesting outside the prison where pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi is being tried for violating the terms of her house arrest, according to witnesses.

Win Tin, a central executive committee member of Suu Kyi’s party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), confirmed reports that a man in his early fifties, identified as Zaw Nyut, was arrested outside Rangoon’s infamous Insein Prison.

“He came from Aung Thukha Street to Insein Road, and demonstrated on the road,” said Win Tin. “He was holding a poster with the words, ‘We must save Amay Suu right now,’ written on it,” he added.

Amay Suu (“Mother Suu”) is how many Burmese refer to Suu Kyi.

“He also shouted slogans demanding the release of Daw Suu,” said Win Tin. “He was arrested by security forces and members of the USDA after taking just four or five steps,” he added, referring to the Union Solidarity and Development Association, a junta-backed organization.

According to witnesses at the scene of the arrest, Zaw Nyut had been coming to the area every day since last Monday, when legal proceedings against Suu Kyi began at a special court inside the prison.

Hundreds of people, including members of the NLD, have gathered outside Insein Prison since the trial started.

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