Bangkok, Yangon - The death sentence handed down to two Myanmar migrant workers without any strong evidence posted a challenge to the Myanmar government, said a special envoy from Myanmar embassy in Bangkok.
In saying so, Kyaw Thaung mentioned that the government recently released 92 Thais who were arrested along with weapons and illegal timber in Myanmar waters for the sake of bilateral friendship.
The Samui court in Thailand yesterday sentenced to death two workers - Zaw Lin and Win Zaw Tun, sparking a protest by some 15 people in front of the Royal Thai Embassy in Yangon. Hundreds showed up at 11am today, demanding the Thai government to change the verdict. Several of them held a poster reading “Build friendly relation, the two neighbours. Free Zaw Lin & Win Zaw Tun!!!”.
Kyaw Thaung said that an appeal against the ruling would be submitted within seven days.
Moe Gyo, representing the Joint Movement Committee for affairs of Myanmar nationals in Thailand, said that the two workers were sacrificed to save the Thai junta’s dignity.
“Everyone knows it’s a dishonest work by Thai police. There is no convincing evidence [to prove they’re murderers]. The Thai government reached this decision to save its dignity, although Thai law experts and criminologists repeatedly asked for the acquittal. They were sacrificed,” Moe Gyo said.
The committee is based in Mae Sot.
The ruling, fair or unfair, shall unite Myanmar nationals home and abroad, said Moe Gyo.
Yesterday, soon after the invitation to a protest today spread on Facebook, Dagon Township police station instantly increased the number of security police forces near the Thai Embassy. They also set security measures on Manawhari Street where the Embassy is located. Passers-by were not allowed to walk through the street without security forces’ approval.
Ye Htut, the information minister and the presidential spokesperson, and President Office director Zaw Htay announced on their personal Facebook pages that the Myanmar government would demand the Thai government to review the case in line with the Thai laws and regulations, to ensue justice for Zaw Lin & Win Zaw Tun. Both of them said that the Myanmar Embassy in Thailand would cooperate with other Myanmar organisations in Thailand to ensue justice for the two Myanmar citizens.