Three arrested after mob beats land rights activist to death

Villagers cover the body of Myanmar land rights activist Htay Aung, who was beaten to death by a mob on 1 November 2017. Photo: Zaw Yan via Facebook

A Myanmar land rights activist who challenged illegal land grabs in northern Shan State was beaten to death this week by a mob of some 20 people, a fellow unionist told RFA’s Myanmar Service on Thursday.

According to an RFA article, Htay Aung, a member of the National Farmer’s Union was attacked by a mob on Wednesday in Iwine Parhe Village of Naungcho Township, northeast of the city of Mandalay and later died at Mandalay Hospital.

According to Naw Ohn Hla, chairwoman of the National Farmers Union, An Iwine Parhe Village administrator telephoned Farmer’s Union members and asked them to meet to talk about a land grab case on October 28. Htay Aung and some group members went to the meeting point and about 20 people including women attacked him in front of the village administrator.

Three people have been arrested.

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