General Soe Win
(; ; 10 May 1947 – October 12, 2007) was the Prime Minister of Burma
and Secretary-1 of the State Peace and Development Council
from 2004 to 2007. He was known by Burmese dissident
groups as "the butcher of Depayin" for his role as mastermind of the 2003 Depayin Massacre
, in which 70 National League for Democracy
supporters were killed by a government-sponsored mob.
Soe Win was born in 1948. A graduate of the Defense Services Academy
(12th intake), he took part in the crackdown on democracy protesters in 1988, deploying troops around Rangoon University
and ordering them to shoot at Rangoon General Hospital during the upheaval. He became Tactical Operations Commander 3 of the Northwestern Regional Command in 1990.
In 1997 he was named Regional Commander and a member of the junta, then called the State Law and Order Restoration Council, or SLORC. In November 2001 he was named Air Defense General of the War Office. In February 2003 he was promoted to Secretary-2 of the junta, which was vacant after Lieutenant General Tin Oo
was killed in a helicopter crash two years before.
Soe Win is widely regarded as the mastermind behind the deadly attack against National League for Democracy
leader Aung San Suu Kyi
and her supporters in the 30 May 2003 Depayin Massacre
. The same year he accompanied Senior General Than......