In a statement made by the press office of the Myanmar army, it was stated that the Deputy Chairman of the National Election Commission, Kyaw Thu, was attacked yesterday while he was in his car in Yangon city.
In the statement, it was shared that the attack in which Kyaw Thu lost his life was organized by the “People’s Defense Force”.
On the other hand, a group called “For Yangon” used the phrase “Mission: Successfully Completed” in a statement on its social media account.
In the group’s statement, it was stated that Kyaw Thu was one of the complainants in the election fraud lawsuit filed against the ousted leader of the country, Aung San Suu Kyi.
In the statement, which stated that the military council did not respect the votes of the people in the 2020 general elections and treated people ruthlessly, it was stated that Kyaw Thu was attacked “because he was the deputy chairman of the council’s illegal election commission”.
A member of the “For Yangon” group, who did not want to be named, said: “Those who insult the people will be punished by the people.” said.
The National Unity Government (NUG), which was established by not seeing the military coup as legitimate, announced in May 2021 that the armed defense unit “People’s Defense Force” was formed to protect the anti-coup protesters against the army.
military coup in Myanmar
The Myanmar army seized power on February 1, 2021, after allegations of fraud in the 2020 general elections and political tension in the country. The army had detained many officials and ruling party leaders, especially the country’s former de facto leader and Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi, and declared a state of emergency for a year.
More than 1800 people have lost their lives as a result of the armed intervention of the Myanmar army against the anti-coup protesters and rebel groups. Since the coup, approximately 13 thousand people have been detained, over 10 thousand people are still detained.
According to the Political Prisoners Aid Organization, more than 1,900 people have died in the country since the coup, and more than 10 thousand people have been detained. Myanmar military courts have given death sentences for 114 political prisoners, including 2 children.