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Myanmar: Poet and activist killed by military forces during a protest

10 March 2021
Image: K Za Win/ K Za Win on Facebook

 

3 March 2021: Poet, writer and activist K Za Win was killed in the city of Monywa by security forces during an anti-coup protest in Myanmar, according to Pen International.

Monywa, as well as other cities and towns across Myanmar, hosted demonstrations against the military coup. Protests demanded the restoration of Suu Kyi’s democratically elected government, whose National League for Democracy party won the elections in November.

 

Salil Tripathi, chair of PEN International’s Writers in Prison Committee wrote in commemoration of the ones that died fighting for democracy: “[…]We will not let the world go to sleep as we mourn; we will remember and amplify their voices.” 

On 2 March, K Za Win wrote on his last Facebook post: “Rebel in various ways, Save the future.”

K Za Win was a recognised poet, author of “My Reply to Ramond”, and member of Monywa Poet’s Union. 

As the BBC reports, at least 38 people were killed in the country on 3 March, which the UN described as the “bloodiest day”. In Monywa, six people were reportedly shot during the protest.

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