U Thilavantha was a respected and much-loved member of his local community. . . He gave English classes to local children. He was around 35 years old.On 25 September, the day after Myitkyina's monks had taken part in peaceful marches calling for an end to restrictions imposed by the military government, U Thilavantha's monastery was raided by police. He was beaten and arrested. Once in detention, he received further beatings.Comment: This report will be appended to Hidden Crisis section of this website, where Jotman continues to track any and all reports of atrocities occuring in the wake of the crackdown.
He died of his injuries the following day. Officials at the local hospital were pressured into declaring that he had suffered a heart attack.
The monastery in which U Thilavantha lived had originally housed 142 monks. On 31 October, only 11 remained..
Monday, November 12, 2007
Amnesty International has released a briefing paper on September's crackdown and the situation since. The Amnesty.org website describes the death of monk U Thilavantha:
Posted by Jotman on Monday, November 12, 2007