A championship Burmese featherweight, Phoe Thaw was seriously injured in a homemade bomb explosion in Yangon, Myanmar on Wednesday.
The mma fighter was engaged in protests against the coup and was injured by a homemade bomb that exploded in his gymnasium. Phoe Thaw was in hospital receiving treatment for leg injuries when he was arrested. He was one of four people arrested by the military. According to Myawaddy TV, run by the army, these four people are accused of colluding to commit acts of violence.
The soldiers of Burma reports, on Myawaddy TV, that Phoe Thaw made the bomb himself and that it accidentally detonated. Reuters does not agree with this version of events. “A former colleague, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity, said the homemade bomb was left in the gymnasium parking lot by a police officer posing as a civilian.”
The A championship fighter Phoe Thaw was a well-known protester against the coup. At one point he was pictured during protests holding a sign to challenge Min Aung Hlaing at an MMA fight.
Phow Thaw is an active 8-2 MMA fighter competing with ONE Championship. He fought as recently as October 2019. He made his professional MMA debut in 2015.
The younger brother of Phoe Thaw, a professional footballer who played for the national team, Kaung Si Thu, had also been arrested by the soldiers on Friday morning, MMAWeekly reports.
Burma and the coup
The country has been in chaos since February 1. It was then that a military coup took control of the country. Daily protests took place across the country and faced extreme violence. According to the Association for Assistance to Political Prisoners (AAPP), 769 people were killed by the army and nearly 3,700 detained.
The United States officially declared in February that the military takeover was a coup. This means that the United States has placed restrictions on American aid to the country and may add sanctions in the future. “After a review of all the facts, we assessed that the Burmese military actions of February 1, which overthrew the duly elected head of government, constituted a military coup,” the State Department said. spokesperson Ned Prize said in a Tuesday afternoon briefing, using Myanmar’s old name.
“The United States is deeply concerned about the detention by the Burmese military of civilian government leaders, including the State Councilor Aung San Suu Kyi and civil society leaders, ”Price said.
On February 1, the Burmese army “Tatmadaw” claimed that the November elections were fraudulent and arrested the elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi, President Win Myint, and many other members of the country’s National League for Democracy. Myanmar Election Commission says there is no proof to back up these claims.
Bombings are increasingly common in the country as protests have continued since February. Reuters reports: “Small explosions are increasingly common in Myanmar cities, some in government or military buildings, which the junta says are evidence of a violent rebellion by supporters of the ousted government of Aung San Suu Kyi. A unity government made up of former politicians, pro-democracy groups and ethnic minority armies says the explosions are orchestrated by a junta seeking to cling to power by eradicating its enemies.
The protests are expected to continue with no end in sight. Reuters reports: “More young people took to social media on Thursday to declare their intention to train to fight in the newly formed ‘defense force’ of the National Unity Government, threatening to attack the military. equipped if more civilians were killed.
These are the most recent updates that have come out of the country. ONE Championship has yet to say anything about this situation.
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