ARAKAN NEWS 14./15.01.2009 Ten tanks stationed in north Arakan….

Buthidaung, Arakan State: Ten tanks were secretly stationed in north Arakan on December 29, 2008. They were brought from Burma proper and arrived at about 2 am at the Buthidaung Military Operation Command (MOC)-15, according to a local elder who declined to be named.

On January 7, regarding the deployment of tanks in Arakan and other issues, Vice Senior General Maung Aye, Vice Chief of State Peace and Development Council (SPDC), Vice Chief of Defence Service and Chief of Defence Service (Army) visited north Arakan.

Later, Vice Senior General continued his journey to Maungdaw and stayed at Nasaka Headquarters in Maungdaw where he held a meeting with District Peace and Development Council Chairman of Maungdaw, officers of Nasaka, officers of the Immigration Department of Maungdaw District and Tactical Operation Commander of Buthidaung. Nobody knows what was discussed in the meeting, said an aide of Nasaka. continue….

Buthidaung, Arakan State: Locals of Buthidaung Township are overjoyed regarding the transfer of Nasaka Area No. 9 Commander on January 4, 2009 to another Nasaka area in Maungdaw Township, according to a local elder of Buthidaung. continue..

Nasaka into lucrative business in Maungdaw
Written by Webmaster
Thursday, 15 January 2009
Maungdaw, Arakan state: The Commander of Nasaka Burma’s border security force of area No.5 in Maungdaw Township provided loans to villagers of his area on January 7, for cultivation of summer paddy…….

Burma deploys army on Bangladesh border
Thursday, 15 January 2009
Maungdaw, Arakan State: The State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) of the Burmese military junta has been increasing army deployment on the Burma-Bangladesh border with heavy guns ahead of the bilateral meeting in January on the maritime boundary in the Bay of Bengal. It is also restricting the movement of the Rohingya community severely, said a close aide of the Nasaka. continue….

Burma’s Crimes Against Humanity – A Test Case for the ‘Responsibility to Protect’
Benedict Rogers

Burma is ruled by one of the world’s most brutal military regimes, guilty of every possible human rights violation. Known as the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) and led by Senior General Than Shwe, Burma’s junta is not only brutal, but illegitimate. Elections held in 1990 were overwhelmingly won by the National League for Democracy (NLD) led by Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. The NLD won 82 per cent of the parliamentary seats – yet the regime rejected the results, imprisoned the victors and intensified its grip on power. Most of those elected in 1990 are either in prison or exile, and Aung San Suu Kyi remains under house arrest. continue…

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