Vancouver Sun

POET DIES IN DETENTION, ORGANS REMOVED

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Myanmar poet Khet Thi, whose works declared resistance to the ruling junta, died in detention overnight and his body was returned with the organs removed, his wife said Sunday.

A spokesman for the junta did not answer calls to request comment on the death of Khet Thi, who had penned the line “They shoot in the head, but they don't know the revolution is in the heart.”

His Facebook page said he was 45.

Khet Thi's wife said both of them were taken for interrogat­ion Saturday by soldiers in the central town of Shwebo, in the Sagaing region, a centre of resistance to the coup in which elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi was ousted.

“I was interrogat­ed. So was he. They said he was at the interrogat­ion centre. But he didn't come back, only his body,” his wife Chaw Su told BBC Burmese language news in tears from Monywa, around 100 kilometres away.

“They called me in the morning and told me to meet him at the hospital in Monywa. “I thought it was just for a broken arm or something ... But when I arrived here, he was at the morgue and his internal organs were taken out.”

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