Jailed Myanmar Opposition Politician Dies from COVID-19

Myanmar opposition politician Nyan Win and member of Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) party has died on Tuesday after contracting Covid-19 while in prison, amidst rising cases in the country. 

The NLD has confirmed Nyan Win’s death in the hospital, after he had been held at Insein Prison when the military overthrew the civilian government on February 1. 

“We promise to continue fighting for our unfinished tasks, to end the dictatorship in the country and to establish a Federal Democratic Union,” said the NLD in a statement as it extended condolences to Nyan Win’s family. 

The 78-year-old lawyer and adviser to the NLD was in critical condition early Tuesday, Myanmar Now reported. 

“His blood oxygen levels were as high as 95 and 97 percent yesterday. But at around 4am this morning, his condition became critical at the intensive care unit. He passed away after really suffering,” Nyan Win’s relative told Myanmar Now. 

“This is the situation the whole country is experiencing now. The military council must pay us back for what they have done,” his relative also said. 

The Southeast Asian country is currently facing a surge in cases as the military regime is accused of restricting oxygen supply over claims of hoarding. 

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