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Letpadan activist rushed to hospital after second collapse in court

Student activist Khin Hlaing collapses for the second time at a hearing at Tharawaddy courthouse. (PHOTO: DVB).

A student collapsed in court on Tuesday whilst attending a hearing for Letpadan education protestors at Tharawaddy township court.

Khin Hlaing was first taken to hospital after coughing up blood and fainting at a hearing on 9 June, when it was discovered he was suffering a gastrointestinal rupture. Today he appeared back at the courthouse, where he collapsed again.

“Ko Khin Hlaing, who collapsed at a hearing earlier this month, fainted again today and was rushed to hospital,” a media reporter at the courthouse told DVB.

On Tuesday, the district court heard arguments from the lawyers of 15 defendants seeking bail, and scheduled the next hearing for 14 June.

“The judge scheduled the next hearing for two weeks’ time despite the students’ request for weekly appointments,” said the reporter.

“The students made the request for weekly hearings as they have been banned from receiving family visits. But the judge ignored them.”

A number of detainees have reported suffering health complaints, including Tin Win who collapsed at the courthouse on 3 June and was rushed to hospital for surgery to his ribs and neck. Other activists are nursing broken fingers, minor wounds and severe bruising.

Thirty-five defendants, including student leader Aung Hmine San, have been given a two-week ban on receiving family visits in prison as punishment for bringing cigarettes and betel quid back into prison after their last court appearance.

Nearly 100 students and activists, including almost 70 in Pegu Division, have been detained across Burma and are facing charges in connection with education protests in March.

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