Rock singer and composer Ito in 2018. / The Irrawaddy
By The Irrawaddy 10 September 2021
The Myanmar junta arrested rock singer Ito at his residence in Yangon’s Mayangone Township on Wednesday night time for alleged connections with anti-regime actions. At the least 5 others have been additionally arrested, in response to sources near the artist.
Professionally referred to as Ito, Ko Win Htut Thawdar is in his 30s. He’s additionally a composer and a son of well-known Myanmar rocker Zaw Win Htut.
Particulars of the alleged anti-regime actions of which he’s accused aren’t but identified, neither is the situation the place he’s being held.
Myanmar has been in political turmoil because the navy seized energy from the nation’s democratically elected authorities on Feb. 1.
Following the coup, many celebrities joined the anti-regime motion, utilizing their reputation to amplify its pro-democracy message. They took to the streets to protest towards the coup and urged civil servants to strike by becoming a member of the Civil Disobedience Motion (CDM).
They’ve been focused for his or her participation in protests towards navy rule, with arrest warrants being issued for practically 100 celebrities, artists, singers, actors, actresses and administrators.
A few dozen have been arrested, and 9 well-known Myanmar artists together with comic U Zaganar, director Min Htin Ko Ko Gyi, actors Lu Min and Pyay Ti Oo, mannequin Paing Takhon, actress Eaindra Kyaw Zin and singers Noticed Phoe Kwer and Po Po are nonetheless in detention.
In June, rock singer and songwriter Raymond, 32, handed away whereas evading arrest for collaborating within the anti-regime motion, after being charged underneath Article 505A of the penal code.
Like different pro-democracy activists, many within the arts group are in hiding, having fled their properties to evade arrest. A number of others have joined Myanmar’s “Spring Revolution.” Some artists have joined the armed resistance wrestle and others are working for the parallel Nationwide Unity Authorities (NUG).
As of Thursday, the Myanmar regime had killed a complete of 1,058 civilians, arrested 7,992—of whom 6,343 are nonetheless in detention—and issued arrest warrants for 1,984, in response to the Help Affiliation for Political Prisoners.
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