Politicians, doctors and fortune teller: the new wave of detainees in Myanmar

Politicians, doctors and fortune teller: the new wave of detainees in Myanmar

Hein Min Aung, an astrologer, sits at his home, where he receives guests to recount their fortunes, in Yangon, Myanmar, in this undated image. Thit Thura Zen / Handout via REUTERS

(Reuters) – Since the Myanmar military seized power in a February 1 coup to overthrow elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi, security the forces detained more more than 1000 people, hundreds at demonstrations and many more in raids – often at night.

In addition to Suu Kyi and his cabinet, the detainees include doctors and teachers, actors and singers and other civilians who participated in daily protests, according to figures from the Association for the Assistance of Political Prisoners (AAPP). .

Founded by former prisoners of the old junta, the AAPP now finds itself registering a new generation of political detainees.

(Click tmsnrt.rs/307yypD to see an interactive graphic collating some of the accounts of those detained in Myanmar since February 1.)

Some inmates are survivors of the old junta. Some were taken from their homes, hundreds were gripped by riots police and the soldiers who blamed the protests against the coup. Many are held incommunicado.

The Burmese junta did not respond to requests for comment on the detentions, but threatened to take action against those accused of destabilizing the country. The military seized power after its allegations of fraud were dismissed in the November 8 election.

In one story, Pyae Phyo Naing, the senior doctor at a government hospital, sewed the head of a patient …

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