Prominent cultural figures and celebrities have emerged as key supporters of the opposition to the February 1 coup.
Myanmar poet Khet Thi, who wrote in resistance to the generals who took power on February 1, died after being detained by security forces and his body was returned with the organs removed, he said. say his family on Sunday.
A spokesman for the country’s military leaders did not respond to calls for comment on Khet Thi’s death, who had written the line “They shot him in the head, but they don’t know the revolution is at heart.” According to his Facebook page, the poet was 45 years old.
Khet Thi’s wife said the two were questioned on Saturday by armed soldiers and police in the central city of Shwebo in the Sagaing region, a center of resistance to the coup in which the leader was arrested. elected from Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi.
“I was interrogated. So was he. They said he was at the interrogation center. But he did not return, only his body, “his wife Chaw Su told the BBC’s Burmese-language news crying in Monywa, about 100 km (60 miles) away by road.
“They called me in the morning and told me to find him at Monywa Hospital. I thought it was just because of a broken arm or something … But when I got here, he was in the funeral home and his internal organs were removed, “he said.
She had been told at the hospital she had a heart problem, but she 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 arrive at the hospital for comment.
Chaw Su said the army had 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,” the activist group of the Association for the Assistance of Political Prisoners said in a bulletin that placed the number of civilians killed since the coup a 780.
The group, which controls the details of the killings, did not identify the source of their 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 had been friends with K Za Win, 39, a poet who was shot dead during a protest in Monywa in early March.
Prominent celebrities and cultural figures have emerged as key supporters of the opposition to the coup with daily protests in different parts of the country despite the killings and thousands of arrests.
Khet Thi had been an engineer before leaving work in 2012 to focus on his poetry. He relied on 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 do not want to support injustice. If I only have one minute of life, I want my conscience to be clear during that minute. “
Most 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 being shot and I can only pull back poems,” he wrote. “But when you are sure that your voice is not enough, you will have to choose a weapon carefully. I’ll shoot. “