Revolution day performers arrested

The Kachin Post /  February 9, 2020

The police in Myitkyina had detained a couple performers who demonstrated a show of the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO)’s history on its 60th anniversary of launching the revolution against Burmese government.

Rev. Bima Dau Lum from the Kachin Baptist Convention (KBC) and Myitkyina district youth leader Sumlut Tu Htang were arrested and currently under custody at the Myitkyina Police Station No.1, according to the Kachin National Consultative Assembly (KNCA).

Both performers were reportedly arrested last week for the prayer event which commemorated the 60th anniversary of Kachin Revolution day. They were tipped off by Burma Army’s Northern Command to Myitkyina police to apprehend them. The event was organized by the KNCA along with various Christian denominations and held at the Jaw Bum prayer mountain, the location is situated approximately ten miles from downtown Myitkyina.

KNCA released a statement delivered to commander of Burma Army’s Northern Command, saying the prayer event is purely to remind the genuine history of Kachin revolution and, praying for the rapid return home of Kachin Internally Displace Persons and to reach a peace deal between KIO’s armed wing Kachin Independence Army and Burma Army.

60 years ago on February 5th, the Kachin Independence Organization was born to launch Kachin revolution for Independence Kachinland from Burma.