Injured survivor from Yangon’s 44th St raid sent to military interrogation centre

One of three survivors of a fall from a downtown Yangon apartment building during an August 10 junta raid was released from a military hospital and sent to an interrogation centre on Thursday. 

Ye Min Oo, also known as Ye Gyi, was admitted to the 1,000-bed Mingaladon military hospital due to injuries he sustained after allegedly jumping from a three-storey building on 44th St with four other anti-coup activists to escape a raid on the apartment where they were staying. 

Although a source close to the hospital initially told Myanmar Now that the 27-year-old was in critical condition and undergoing surgery for a head injury one day after the raid, Ye Min Oo’s specific injuries were still not known at the time of reporting. 

He was reportedly guarded by police while in hospital, and was not allowed to receive visitors. 

“He’s in good health but he’s walking with a limp now,” a source close to Ye Min Oo said. 

A military hospital official said that while he could not comment on the activist’s injuries or condition, he had been “ready for discharge” since Tuesday. 

The source close to Ye Min Oo said he was initially sent to the Botahtaung Township police station on Wednesday afternoon to be remanded to junta custody, then transferred to the interrogation centre in Shwepyitha Township at 6pm the next day. 

The centre is believed to be located within a military-owned estate on Mingaladon Rd that once served as a military prison. 

The condition of the other two survivors from the 44th St fall—Wai Yan Htet and Min Thitsar Maung—was not known at the time of reporting, even though they were also admitted to a military hospital. 

Two young activists, Wai Zaw Htet and Wai Wai Myint, died at the scene of the fall on 44th St. 

Three others who were apprehended in the apartment—Thiha Kaung Set, Poe Kyawt Kyawt Khant, and Wai Phyo Aung—were placed under arrest by the junta’s troops. Their whereabouts were not known at the time of reporting. 

The sole escapee from the 44th St raid was Kaung Min Thant, who was able to flee to safety after hiding on the roof of the building for 12 hours.

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