A protest against violence was held yesterday evening at Yangon International Airport, the site of two senseless deaths last month.
The demonstration began with 8 seconds of silence for Legal Advisor U Ko Ni and taxi driver U Nay Win.
“I would like to thank those who were able to show that violence does not profit anyone, because in a way, you are contributing to the future of the country by teaching the coming generations by sacrificing your own lives. Our comrade U Ko Ni provided enormous assistance to the League with his expertise and his contribution will not be forgotten. He was of tremendous importance in both the legal level and national level and his death is an enormous loss to the nation,” said Thura U Tin Oo, Patron of National League for Democracy.
Thura U Tin Oo also had words of remembrance for U Nay Win.
“Ko Nay Win was living a simple working life. In light of these events, he can be said to have acted on his intrinsic morals and courage and this is deeply appreciated and we grieve for his valiant death.
“He demonstrated that no matter what level of society you were raised in, the courage you were born with can fulfil a good purpose, and this a great lesson to be learned. Violence is never the answer, it can never bring progress and prosperity to the nation, and this can even be observed in other countries. We can take this as a lesson in utilising peaceful and tolerant methods moving forward,” Thura U Tin Oo said.
U Ko Ni was shot to death on 28 January at Terminal 1 of Yangon International Airport upon returning from a conference in Indonesia. U Nay Win was shot to death as he attempted to apprehend the assassin. Three people are in custody for the killings.
After Thura U Tin Oo’s address, Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein delivered a speech and U Jimmy from 88 Generation’s Peace and Transparency Organisation gave words of honour followed by a mass prayer by different religious groups for Legal Advisor U Ko Ni and taxi driver U Nay Win. Attending the ceremony were: Region Hluttaw Speaker U Tin Maung Htun; Regional Ministers; Hluttaw representatives; taxi drivers from the airport and citizens striving for rule of law. All attendees then laid down flowers and wreaths in respect and said prayers.— Zaw Gyi (Pa Ni Ta)