Ian Richmond Wiki
48-year-old British teacher Ian Richmond has not appeared in Myanmar since February 1. Originally from Durham County, Richmond lives on the Thai border He did not have any contact with his friends and family in Richmond, UK. Army seized control of Myanmar at the beginning of the month.
Fears for the safety of a British teacher who disappeared are mounting as nationwide protests intensify in Myanmar against military repression and the arrest of the country’s leader, Aung San Suu Kyi. Ian Richmond, who lives and teaches at a school in Tachileik, on the Thai border, has been absent since February 1. Originally from Darlington, County Durham, this 48-year-old has not made contact with his family and friends in the UK during this time. Concerned colleagues in the BiH education logistics group where he works turned to family and friends in the UK for news about Ian.
He left Tachileik, he could not return to the area because the army sealed him from the rest of the country. ‘ Myanmar has experienced the biggest protests in a decade, with tens of thousands of people attending rallies in many cities of the country since the arrest of San Suu Kyi, 75. The army took control of the country early in the month, claiming that there were voting irregularities in the 8 November general elections. San Suu Kyi’s ruling party, NLD, won 396 of the 476 contentious seats that gave them another five-year majority in parliament, although 25 percent of the seats were automatically allocated to the armed forces. Leading the coup, General Min Aung Hlaing, in a television speech on Monday, claimed San Suu Kyi was a fraud, trying to justify the takeover, despite not providing evidence.
Myanmar’s new military rulers on Monday issued decrees effectively banning peaceful popular protests in the country’s two largest cities, signaling their intention to pressure opponents of the takeover. The restrictive measures were imposed after police sprayed water cannons against hundreds of protesters in Myanmar’s capital, Naypyitaw, who demanded their military hand force back from elected officials. Meetings and gatherings attended by more than five people, as well as motorized processions, were banned and banned at 20:00 one hour at 20:00. A curfew was imposed in Yangon and Mandalay areas until 4 am. Protesters in Yangon carried banners raising three-finger salutes, a symbol of resistance, and saying ‘Reject military coup’ and ‘Justice for Myanmar’ at a major intersection in the city center on Monday. Demonstrations were also held in towns in the north, southeast and east of the country. State media first referred to the protests on Monday, claiming they jeopardized the stability of the country. But the military commander, who led the coup and is now the leader of Myanmar, made no mention of the unrest in a 20-minute televised speech Monday night for the first time since the takeover. The Association for Aid for Political Prisoners, an independent observer group, says 165 people, most of them politicians, have been detained since the February 1 coup and only 13 have been released.
His last post on Facebook on February 3 was a copy of a letter from the British Ambassador to Myanmar, Dan Chugg, urging the British in the country to stay home and not come to the Embassy. Mr. Chugg wrote: ‘This has been a disturbing few days. I admit that many people will worry about what is happening and what they should do. Our recommendation for the last few days was to stay home. This remains our position. Please don’t come to the Embassy. The embassy building is closed and staff works remotely. Both the Prime Minister and the Foreign Minister commented on the situation yesterday and fully agree with the developments. ‘Please take care of yourself.’ Mr. Richmond’s hometown friend Paul Stoddart said he was concerned, but said he hoped the adventurous teacher was ‘out of the grid’ for a few days. “I haven’t heard from Ian in a week,” Mr. Stoddart told MailOnline. This is not unusual because it leaves the grid frequently. But lately he’s pretty talkative. He said that just before the coup, the situation was getting very tense. His phone is off and he hasn’t shared anything on Facebook for five days. Its border may have crossed to Thailand. He said he would try to do so if the situation in Myanmar gets worse. An experienced traveler, Mr. Richmond has lived abroad for the past 15 years.