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Blood donation group volunteer arrested in Rangoon

New Delhi (Mizzima) – A former Burmese military officer who is a volunteer with a NLD blood donation group in Rangoon was arrested on Saturday evening by the Special Police Branch and detained in the  Aungthabyay Interrogation Centre.

The National Blood Center in Rangoon. A volunteer blood donor who works with the National League for Democracy was arrested in Rangoon on Saturday while on his way to donate blood to a hospital. Photo: MizzimaThe blood donation group, supported by National League for Democracy members and other volunteers, was formed in 2009 and operates in South Dagon Township.

The volunteer, Nay Myo Zin, was arrested while on his way from his home to Sanpya Hospital in Thingangyun Township to donate blood.

Nyi Nyi, who is in charge of the blood donation group, told Mizzima that Nay Myo Zin called him and said he was being taken to the interrogation centre.

He said that on Sunday police and government officials came to his home to return some belongings of  Nay Myo Zin and to pick up some of his clothes.

On November 13, 2010, to mark pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s release from house arrest, Nay Myo Zin and his colleagues donated 40 bottles of blood to leukemia patients at  Rangoon Children’s Hospital and 32 bottles of blood to the National Blood Centre of Burma and Sanpya Hospital.

Similarly, ten days after Suu Kyi was released from house arrest, Nay Myo Zin  led a blood donation group to donate 19 bottles of blood to patients at Mingaladon Military Hospital 2 to promote a message that the people and the army were not enemies, sources said. The blood group is made up of a number of former servicemen.

Last Updated ( Monday, 04 April 2011 20:20 )  

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