AA confirms detainment of Chairman of Buthidaung NLD
Arakan Army (AA) is holding Ye Thein, Chairman of Buthidaung NLD party, said its chief Tun Myat Naing to Irrawaddy Burmese edition on December 13.
The Daily Eleven contacted Khaing Thu Kha, spokesperson of AA on December 13 to ask why the AA had detained Ye Thein but it was not answered.
Ye Thein reportedly went missing while he was preparing to hold a rally in support of State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, who was then defending Myanmar at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for the genocide case.
According to a report from the Irrawaddy, the AA chief had expressed disdain against rallies to support the State Counsellor, saying that demonstrators need to first seek permission from the AA in the area where the rally was planned.
“The Buthidaung NLD chairman looks like he doesn’t care so we detained him to ask further questions,” said the AA chief.
The Buthidaung NLD chairman went missing when he went to Pyinshae Village, Buthidaung Township to prepare a demonstration on December 11, according to family members and NLD’s spokesperson.
Dr Myo Nyunt, spokesperson of the NLD party, said he can only confirms Ye Thein is missing and he didn’t know the details.
“We told NLD members to be careful about their political movements. We understand that the party members are only citizens and they will also face security problems faced by all citizens in conflict areas,” he said.
He continued that the government should deal with the armed conflicts with political way to prevent further problems.
Aung Ko Swe, younger brother of Ye Thein, said they haven’t found his brother till December 13 and he doesn’t know what exactly happened to him.
The AA have also detained MP Hway Tin of Paletwa Constituency in Chin State on November 3 for allegedly cooperating with the army and interfering with the procedures of the AA. He remains still in the hands of the AA.