Veteran Myanmar journalist and activist Win Tin dies at 85
Published on Apr 21, 2014 12:07 PM
Mr Win Tin, 85, a hugely respected former journalist, who wrote poems on the wall of his prison cell as he endured incarceration for almost two decades, died in Yangon on Monday morning after suffering kidney failure last week.
"Uncle" Win Tin as he was known, was also a co-founder of the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD), and spent more than 19 years in prison - roughly the same amount of time as NLD leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
During those years, he was at one stage kept in a cell designed as a dog kennel. He was made to sit outdoors all night in chains on cold Yangon winter nights, and he was hooded and beaten.
"It was hell," he told journalists when he was released in 2008 - but he kept his blue prison shirt even after his release and wore it sometimes as a gesture of defiance.
To continue reading, log in if you are a subscriber
Enjoy 2 weeks of unlimited digital access to The Straits Times. Get your free access now!