Narinjara News

Dhaka, February 11

CRPP General Secretary threatened by SPDC authorities

U Aye Tha Aung, General Secretary of Committee for Representatives of People Parliament, or CRPP, was recently threatened by members of Burma’s military government, said a leader of ALD, who lives in Rangoon.
Three days ago, 3 metropolitan policemen came to U Aye Tha Aung’s house and forcibly asked him if he is familiar with Act Section Number 5/96.
Though the facts regarding U Aye Tha Aung’s run-in with the authorities is presently unclear, the unverified information in Rangoon suggested that the officials warned him on three specific matters.
They informed him that CRPP is not a legal organization; that if at anytime CRPP’s policies relate to Section Act 5/96, they will be subject to the rule of the authorities; and they also asked him if he was aware if he had a debt of imprisonment.
The police have restricted U Aye Tha Aung from traveling and are currently closely watching his activities. His telephone line was cut by the authorities and he is now communicate with others by use of his son personal mobile phone, said an Arakan resident currently living in Rangoon.
Another prominent Shan ethnic leader, HKun Htoon Oo and Sai Nyunt Lwin from the Shan National League for Democracy (SNLD), was detained by the military authorities, along with 2 other leaders, on 9 Feb.
According to Rangoon sources, the present political situation in Rangoon is in a state of turmoil as the National Convention is soon set to resume. All democracy parties are presently against the convention.
U Aye Tha Aung, who is also the General Secretary of the Arakan League for Democracy (ALD), was previously arrested by the authorities in 2000 and was sentenced to 21 years imprisonment. He was released early, in 2002, due to his deteriorating health in jail.
The CRPP was formed by 12 major political parties including the NLD, ALD, and other ethnic nationality parties in 1988, in order to call a parliament in Burma. #
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