Audio: Monks in Myanmar tell of police raid
9 November 2007
On 25 September, the day after Myitkyina's monks had taken part in peaceful marches calling for an end to restrictions imposed by the military government, U Thilavantha's monastery was raided by police. He was beaten and arrested. Once in detention, he received further beatings.
He died of his injuries the following day. Officials at the local hospital were pressured into declaring that he had suffered a heart attack.
The monastery in which U Thilavantha lived had originally housed 142 monks. On 31 October, only 11 remained.