Myanmar: a prominent leader of anti-coup movement is detainedEvent
- Initial Date
- Apr 15, 2021
- Event Description
Plainclothes regime officials detained one of the country’s most prominent anti-coup protest leaders on Thursday after ramming him with a car while he rode a motorbike during a rally in Monywa, Sagaing Region.
A group of armed men emerged from the vehicle after hitting Wai Moe Naing and beat the 26-year-old Muslim man before taking him and another protester away, a local relief worker told Myanmar Now.
“There were about five motorbikes riding in front of his to protect him,” he said. “The vehicle crossed over those bikes and smashed into Wai Moe Naing’s motorcycle from the opposite direction,” he said.
“Wai Moe Naing tried to run as he stood up after his motorbike fell,” he added. “Some armed plainclothes individuals came out of the vehicle and arrested him at gunpoint.”
Video footage that circulated on social media appeared to show the moment his motorbike was hit.
A female protester was arrested with him and both were reportedly taken to the city hall and then the northwestern regional military command base, the relief worker said.
Other protesters who participated in the rally have gone into hiding, he added.
The Swedish embassy in Yangon issued a statement saying that it is following Wai Moe Naing’s case closely.
Wai Moe Naing rose to prominence for his role organising daily anti-coup protests in Monywa, which sits on the eastern bank of the Chindwin River, since February 6.
He is also a member of Monywa’s General Strike Committee and the Sagaing Regional Youth Committee.
He was among those who first suggested the idea of banging pots and pans as a symbol of opposition to the coup regime, The Irrawaddy reported. The noise protest is derived from a traditional ritual to drive out evil from one’s home.
- Impact of Event
- Gender of HRD
- (Arbitrary) Arrest and Detention
- Violence (physical)
- Rights Concerned
- Freedom of assembly
- Right to healthy and safe environment
- Right to Protest
- Pro-democracy activist
- Armed forces/ Military
- Monitoring Status
- Event Location
- Event Location
- Summary for Publications
On April 15, 2021, a prominent pro-democracy defender, Wai Moe Naing and another female pro-democracy defender were beaten and detained by the police and soldier as they were in the rally in Monywa, Myanmar