Burmese poet’s body returned to his family with missing organs

Burmese poet’s body returned to his family with missing organs

Burmese poet Khet Thi, who wrote to resist generals who took power on February 1, died after being arrested by security forces and his body was returned with the organs removed, his family said on Sunday.
A spokesperson for the country’s military leadership did not respond to calls for comment on the death of Khet Thi, who wrote the line, “They shoot in the head, but they don’t know the revolution is in the way. heart”. The poet was 45, according to his Facebook page.

Khet Thi’s wife said they were both taken away on Saturday for questioning by armed soldiers and police in the central town of Shwebo, in the Sagaing region – a center of resistance to the coup in Russia. during which the elected leader of Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi, was arrested.

“I have been questioned. And him too. They said he was at the interrogation center. But he didn’t come back, only his body, ”his wife Chaw Su told tearfully on the Burmese-language BBC news from Monywa, about 100 km away.

“They called me in the morning and told me to meet him at Monywa 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 taken, ”she said.

She had been told at the hospital that he had a heart problem, but hadn’t bothered to read the death certificate because she was sure it wouldn’t be true, Chaw Su said. Reuters news agency was unable to reach the hospital for comment.

Celebrities and cultural figures have played a leading role in the protests against the coup [File: Nyein Chan Naing/EPA]

Chaw Su said the military planned to bury him but begged them for the body. She did not say how she knew her husband’s organs had been removed.

“He died in hospital after being tortured at the interrogation center,” said the activist group of the Association for the Assistance to Political Prisoners in a bulletin which put the number of civilians killed at 780 since the war. Rebellion.

The group, which is monitoring details of the killings, has not identified the source of its information.

Poets on the front line

Khet Thi was at least the third poet to die in the protests that have swept the country since the coup.

He was a friend of K Za Win, 39, a poet shot dead during a protest in Monywa in early March.

Prominent celebrities and cultural figures have become key supporters of the coup opposition with daily protests in different parts of the country despite the killings and thousands of arrests.

Khet Thi had been an engineer before quitting his job in 2012 to focus on his poetry. He supported himself 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 a weakling, I don’t want to be a fool,” he wrote two weeks after the coup. “I don’t want to support injustice. If I only have a minute to live, I want my conscience to be clean during that minute.

More recently he wrote that he was a guitarist, pastry chef and poet – not someone who could shoot a gun. But he hinted that his attitude was changing.

“My people are dejected and I can only send back poems,” he wrote. “But when you are sure that your voice is not enough, you must choose a weapon carefully. I will shoot.


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