The military regime in Myanmar has arrested senior leader of the ousted ruling party, Vin Hattin, who has long been a confidant of ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Meanwhile, protests are still going on across the country against the coup. Hattin called on the people to protest against the coup on Monday.

Kyi Toe, spokesperson of Suu Kyi’s party ‘National League for Democracy’, said on its Facebook page on Friday that 79-year-old Hattin was arrested from his home in Yangon and taken to the capital, Nepita. According to an organization called the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, the army has detained at least 133 officers or MPs and 14 people associated with civil society.

Hattin told BBC radio on Friday morning that he was being detained on charges of treason, which carries a punishment for life imprisonment. He said, they (military rule) do not like my point. They are afraid of me. Amidst the protests against the army’s move, medical personnel have announced that they will not work for the military government. On Thursday, thousands of people demonstrated against the military coup in the capital Nepeta.


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