Prominent cultural figures and celebrities have emerged as key supporters of the opposition to the February 1 coup.
His family said on Sunday that Myanmar poet Kshet Thi, who had written in protest against the generals who seized power on February 2, had died after being detained by security forces and his body had been returned with limbs, his family said on Sunday.
A spokesman for the country’s military leaders did not respond to calls for comment on the death of Khet Thir, who wrote the line: “They shoot in the head, but they do not know the revolution is at heart.” According to his Facebook page, the poet was 45 years old.
Khate Thai’s wife said the two were taken for questioning by armed soldiers and police in the central town of Shoebo in the Sagaing region on Saturday – the coup prevention center where Myanmar’s elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi was arrested.
“I was interrogated. He was like that too. They said he was at the interrogation center. But he did not return, only his body, “his wife, Cha Su, told the BBC Burmese News in tears, about 100 kilometers (miles) away from Maniwa by road.
“They called me in the morning and told me to meet her at Manoya Hospital. I thought it was just for a broken arm or something … but when I got here he was in the morgue and his internal organs were brought out, ”he said.
Cho Su said he was told at the hospital he had heart problems, but he did not bother to read the death certificate because he was sure it would not be true. The Reuters news agency could not be reached for comment.
Chu Su said the army planned to bury him but he appealed to them for the body. How did she know how she had her husband’s limbs removed.
“He died in hospital after being tortured at the interrogation center,” said the Association for the Support of Political Prisoners, adding that the number of civilians killed after the coup in the bulletin was put60.
The group that monitored the killings could not identify the source of the information.
Poets in the front line
Thi was at least the third poet to eat in the protests that have erupted in the country since the coup.
He was a 39-year-old friend of poet K Ja Win, who was shot dead during a protest in Mana in early March.
Despite the killings and thousands of arrests, prominent figures and cultural figures have become the main supporters of the opposition to the coup through daily protests in different parts of the country.
Khet Thi was an engineer before leaving his job in 2012 to concentrate on his poetry. She supported herself by making and selling ice cream and cakes.
“I don’t want to be a hero, I don’t want to be a martyr, I don’t want to be weak, I don’t want to be a fool,” he wrote two weeks after the coup. “I do not want to support injustice. If I have only one minute to survive, I want my conscience to be clear for this minute.
Most recently, he wrote that he was a guitar player, cake baker and poet – not someone who could wield a gun. But he indicated that his attitude was changing.
“My people are being shot and I can only return poetry,” he wrote. “But when you are sure that your voice is not enough, you need to choose a gun carefully. I’ll shoot. ”