Conflicts & War

Myanmar junta seeks murder, treason charges against protest leader

Bangkok Desk, Apr 29 (EFE).- Myanmar’s military junta is seeking to file multiple charges, including of murder and treason, against a prominent anti-coup protest leader, state-controlled media reported Thursday.

A case has been filed against Wai Moe Naing with police, according to the official newspaper the Global New Light of Myanmar.

The 26-year-old Muslim activist was arrested on Apr. 15 after being rammed off his motorbike by a security forces vehicle in Monywa.

Wai Moe Naing is the former chair of the Monywa University Student Union and member of the Monywa General Strike Committee and Sagaing Regional Youth Committee, according to Myanmar Now. He has risen to prominence since the coup for his role in organizing protests in the city.

The military junta on Thursday published an organizational chart for the Monywa Strike Steering Committee and other linked individuals, including teams the junta alleges coordinated training with armed groups, as well as several people accused of making and setting off homemade bombs.

As Efe was able to verify, dozens of young Myanmar men have joined military training with armed groups in recent weeks, tired of the limited achievements of their peaceful protests.

Armed ethnic groups, representing more than 30 percent of the 54 million population of the country and who have for decades fought for greater autonomy, have shown their support for the protest movement against the military.

This has rekindled clashes between the military and some armed groups in the last month.

More than 4,500 people have been detained since the Feb. 1 coup, with 3,449 still held or sentenced, and more than 756 civilians have been killed, according to the latest figures collected by the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP). EFE


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