Former Myanmar lawmaker and prominent hip-hop artist Mong Kyaw, 40, has been arrested by the country’s security forces. On Friday, the junta said Mong Qiao was the “mastermind” of multiple attacks on ruling forces and officials. He was also involved in the attack on a commuter train last August. Five people were killed in the attack. News AFP
Mong Qiao, 40, a former lawmaker, was arrested in an apartment in Yangon. He is also known as Fu Jia Th. A source close to the junta said he had been arrested with the help of “dutiful citizens”. Two pistols, ammunition and an M-16 rifle were recovered from him.
The previous junta government was furious with Kiao for his aggressive songs. He was sentenced to life in prison in 2006 for his actions. This time, however, he was accused of being a member of an illegal organization and of having foreign currency. In 2015, he was elected a Member of Parliament from Suu Kyi’s party, the National League for Democracy (NLD).
The army seized power in a coup on February 1. Top leaders of his party, including Aung San Suu Kyi, were arrested. Since then, 6-year-old Suu Kyi has been under house arrest. He was then seen in public for a very short time on the day of his appearance in court.
Following the uprising in February, Myanmar has been rocked by nationwide protests and deadly crackdowns on dissent. Thousands of people, including several journalists, have been detained since the coup. Earlier this month, the chief executive of the country’s military-backed telecom company was shot dead outside his home.