Burmese opponent arrested
Burmese activist Kyaw Min Yu, 52, better known as Ko Jimmy, was arrested by soldiers in the north of the capital Yangon on Sunday. “He was staying in a safe house with two other activists who escaped through the back door,” his wife, Nilar Thein, told AFP. Ko Jimmy is part of what we call the “generation 88”. He had already challenged the military power in 1988 during the student uprising, which had led to him being imprisoned. In 2007, he was arrested again. He then remained in prison until 2012. The army issued an arrest warrant for him after the coup on February 1 this year, which ousted democratically elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi from power. . This sparked protests, a mass movement of civil disobedience and now an armed insurrection against the junta. “I’m afraid I won’t see him alive again,” denounces Nilar Thein, adding that she herself was afraid of being arrested if she came into contact with the police.