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Sixty-nine charged for ‘rioting’ in Letpadan

Student activists arrive at Letpadan Township Court to hear charges on 25 March 2015. (Photo: DVB)

Sixty-nine people – 58 men and 11 women – including student activists, as well as supporters and locals in the Pegu Division town of Letpadan, were each charged on five accounts in the township court on Wednesday.

Speaking to DVB after the hearing, Robert San Aung, one of the defending lawyers in the case, said, “The 69 were charged at Letpadan Township Court under articles 143, 145, 147, 332 and 505(b) by Pol. Col. Ohn Myint.”

The charges respectively entail: being part of an unlawful assembly; continuing to be part of an unlawful assembly following orders to disperse; rioting; intent to harm or disturb a civil servant while conducting official duties; and disturbing public tranquillity.

Four student leaders who avoided detention and remain art large– Kyaw Ko Ko, Ye Yint Kyaw, Nanda Sint Aung and Myat Thu – were declared fugitives at the hearing on Wednesday.

Eleven other individuals arrested during the police crackdown on 10 March were charged on three accounts but released on bail, Robert San Aung confirmed.

Than Win, father of student leader Min Thwe Thit, who was charged on Wednesday, told DVB that he was proud of his son.

“I am very proud of him,” he said. “He led the protests against the National Education Law for the sake of the country. I have no regrets about what he has done.”