Slain reporter Par Gyi's funeral held in Yangon

The body of freelance journalist Aung Kyaw Naing also called Par Gyi, was brought from Mon State to Yangon and laid to rest in a tomb at Yay Way cemetery on Friday.

His body was conveyed to Yangon after being exhumed from a shallow grave in a field in Kyaikmaraw Township in Mon State on November 5. More than 500 people, including Buddhist monks and members of political and social organisations, attended the funeral of the slain reporter.

Along the route from Mawlamyine Hospital to the Yangon city, Par Gyi's body was flanked by members from township branches of the opposition National League for Democracy and social organisations and political activists for the safety and convenience of the body conveying.

"In Mawlamyine, eight monks tried to stop us carrying the dead body as they thought it was unholiness for the town. When we were about to leave Bago, three monks tried to stop us," said Naw Ohn Hla from Democracy and Peace Myanmar Women Network, who joined the procession.

"How we will continue to react to the murder of Ko Par Gyi, we are still discussing. His wife Ma Than Dar is poor health."

The funeral was also attended NLD's patron Tin Oo and members, local and foreign correspondents. NLD leader Aung San Suu Kyi, political parties and civic organisations sent wreaths.

While the funeral was taking place, the attendants chanted slogans calling for justice of Par Gyi's death and action against murderers.

The wife of Par Gyi sent a complaint to Kyaikaraw Township Police Station in Mon State on October 19 saying her husband had been missing since September 30.

The military released a statement on October 23, confirming the death and saying Par Gyi had been shot after seizing a weapon from a soldier in an attempt to escape.

According to the army's report, Par Gyi had been buried about 800 meters from the southern part of Shwewarchaung village.