” The NLD is a reflection of Burmese society. We will not be cowed or coerced into participating in a fatally flawed political process that robs the Burmese people of the freedom for which we struggle. We stand ready to engage, but we are more than willing to continue our struggle for the democratic values that so many have given their lives and their freedom to achieve. ”
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Currently, no one (Chinese and Burmese) is being allowed to stay in the territory of Wa also called United Wa State Army (UWSA) without residential permits in eastern Shan State, bordering China’s Yunnan province and Thailand. Outsiders without residential permits issued by Wa are being scrutinized and expelled outside the group’s territory, said people who recently visited Wa territory.
They added, Wa allows every outsider to enter or live and work in its territories with official residential permits but outsiders are checked thoroughly and some are denied entry by Wa.
The Wa’s scrutinizing outsiders followed soon after the Chinese government announced through state-run radios and televisions telling citizens in Burmese territories, where war may be resumed between ethnic armed groups and the Burmese troops, to return home, since last week.
China’s announcement came about two weeks after clashes started between Burmese troops and Kokang ceasefire group known as the National Democratic Alliance Army-Eastern Shan State (NDAA-ESS) in the group’s territories after Burmese troops captured the group’s capital Laogai on August 24. Continue reading “Wa, the ethnic armed group has expelled outsiders, who do not have entry and residential permits to stay in its territories in northeast Burma as of September 7 (Monday), said local sources.”
According to an organizer for the AGM, invitation cards were sent to the Mon community, urging Mon people to join the AGM at a Mon temple in Ladkabang, Bangkok. The AGM will offer cultural performances and Mon traditional food.
There are two main Mon community associations registered in Thailand: the Thai-Raman (Thai Mon) Association and the Mon Youth Community (Bangkok). Dr. Su-Ed Gajaseni, a sixth generation ancestor of the great Mon Commander Banyae Join, who died in 2007, founded the Thai-Raman Association. With more than 1,700 members from Thai Mon communities, the TRA is the strongest Mon social organization. However, the TRA is criticized by younger generations, especially the Mon Youth Community of Bangkok, for a lack of political will and motivation.
It is estimated that 30 provinces around Thailand have Mon communities. The majority of Thai Mons live in Samut Prakan, Nonthaburi, Ratchburi, Kanchanaburi and Samut Sakhon Province.
Student Arrested in Sittwe
Sittwe: A student in Sittwe was arrest last Sunday night and brought to an undisclosed location by police, said a relative of the youth.
The student was identified as Htoo Htoo Chay from Lanmadaw (South) Ward in Sittwe, the capital of Arakan State.
A police team raided his house during the night and dragged him to the police vehicle, then took him to an undisclosed location for interrogation.
The arrest of Htoo Htoo Chay is reportedly related to the arrest of six Arakanese students in Rangoon on 1 September, said the relative, but the exact reason for his arrest remains unknown, the relative added.
Family members are currently anxious to know his whereabouts and are concerned about his well-being in the custody of the police.
Unprecedented pressure from Burmese government on Mon party to restructure its armed wing
Thu 10 Sep 2009, IMNA, Arkar, Weng Mon
After rejecting the Burmese government’s effort to restructure its armed wing into a border guard force, the largest Mon political party has come under unprecedented pressure from the Burmese government to accept the offer.
On August 28th, the largest Mon political group, the New Mon State Party, rejected, for a second time, a request by the Burmese military government State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) for the NMSP’s armed wing to become a Border guard Force (BGF).
The Border Guard Force (BGF) or People Militia Forces, have been key to SPDC efforts to bring ethnic minority groups under control of the Burmese military government before the next election slated for 2010. The controversial 2008 constitution requires that there be only one armed group in the country under the control of the central government.
Crucially, at the August 28th meeting The SPDC’s Southeast Command Maj. Gen. That Naing Win issued a sever restriction on NMSP control of their autonomous ceasefire regions, according to a member of the New Mon State Party Central Committee (NMSP CC) who preferred to remain anonymous.
“I heard about the commander of the Southeast Command requesting that the NMSP not organize the people, or collect taxes and do not make an judicial or legal decisions in the regions controlled by the military government.” the NMSP CC member stated.
Specifically, the SPDC has denied the NMSP its ability to tax households in Moulmein division, Tavoy division, and Thanbyuzayat, Mudon, or Ye townships. According to the CC member, if the NMSP does carry on taxing households in those regions, the SPDC will respond with a formal order to cease and desist taxation. Continue reading “After rejecting the Burmese government’s effort to restructure its armed wing into a border guard force, the largest Mon political party has come under unprecedented pressure from the Burmese government to accept the offer.”
Sept 10, 2009 (DVB)–Three people imprisoned after allegedly speaking to foreign media prior to the September 2007 uprising have been released, despite a police crackdown in the lead up to this year’s anniversary.
The men, all from Pakokku town in central Burma’s Magwe division, were arrested on the brink of the monk-led uprising in 2007.
Authorities accused the three of inciting riot after allegedly handing information to foreign media outlets about the looming protests.
Pakkoku became the flashpoint of the uprising which swept the country after police broke up a peaceful demonstration on 5 September, injuring three monks.
Family members of the three men, Nay La, Thar Aung and Sein Linn, said that they were released from Thayet prison on Sunday and are in good health.
Their co-accused, Thant Shin, was given the same two-year term, plus a seven-year sentence under the Emergency Act.
The news comes amidst a government crackdown on suspected activists prior to the two-year anniversary of the uprising.
In recent weeks a number of monks have been intimidated and arrested, with the government fearing a repeat of their role in the protests.
Although by protocol monks are apolitical, the community withdrew religious services for the country’s military generals during the uprising.
The sight of thousands of monks marching through the streets in their saffron robes led to the September 2007 uprising being named the Saffron Revolution.
Some of the estimated 138 fatalities from September 2007 were monks, with eye-witness accounts of troops beating and smashing the heads of monks against walls.
Reporting by Aye Nai
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School teachers are in a hurry to complete the school syllabus earlier than the normal schedule because they have to be on duty at polling booths for the 2010 general elections. So they have extended school timings but are collecting money because they are spending more time in school, complained parents in De Maw So, Karenni State.
Normally, classes are held between 9 am and 3 pm but teachers have extended school timings and made it from 7 am to 4 pm. Following which they have begun to collect 2000 Kyat from each student, said a parent in De Maw So.
“I think they are spending more time to teach in school because of the 2010 elections. They have said that examinations must be concluded earlier than originally scheduled. They are worried that the syllabus won’t be finished so they have arranged for extra time,” he added.
State and township education administrators and head masters held discussions to finish the syllabus for the academic year before the 2010 elections at a meeting in July.
In Karenni State, teachers earn salaries of between 30,000 to 50,000 Kyat per month depending on their rank.
A De Maw So local said that “it’s true that they want to have more money, and they also really want school children to be educated. I don’t know how to describe it. Teaching must be voluntary for children because they are teachers.”
Please see the following article of U Win Tin, a man of steel and Aung San Suu Kyi’s right-hand man, said clearly and loudly about NLD position, Burmese people stand and about 2010 election.
An ‘Election’ Burma’s People Don’t Need
By U Win Tin
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Much attention has been focused on Sen. James Webb’s recent visit to my country and his meetings with Senior Gen. Than Shwe and incarcerated Nobel Peace Prize recipient Aung San Suu Kyi. I understand Webb’s desire to seek a meaningful dialogue with the Burmese ruling authorities. Unfortunately, his efforts have been damaging to our democracy movement and focus on the wrong issue — the potential for an “election” that Webb wants us to consider participating in next year as part of a long-term political strategy. But the showcase election planned by the military regime makes a mockery of the freedom sought by our people and would make military dictatorship permanent.
In our last free election, the Burmese people rejected military rule in a landslide, awarding our National League for Democracy party more than 80 percent of the seats in parliament. Yet the military has refused to allow the NLD to form a government. In the 19 years since that election, Burmese democracy activists have faced imprisonment, intimidation, torture and death as they have peacefully voiced demands for justice, individual and ethnic rights, and a democratic form of government that is representative of all Burma’s people.While never ending our struggle for democracy, the NLD has continually sought to engage the regime and open a dialogue — based on peace and mutual respect — that could address Burma’s critical political as well as social problems. Make no mistake — these two issues are linked. Burma was once the rice bowl of Asia. Today, because of the regime’s destructive economic policies and its use of oppression to maintain military rule, Burma is a shattered, poverty-stricken country. Continue reading “You can Take Action on Burma Now by a single click!!! by Burma Democratic Concern”
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ထိုင္း-ျမန္မာနယ္စပ္ တာ့ခ္ခ႐ိုင္ရွိ အုန္းဖ်န္ဒုကၡသည္စခန္းအတြင္း ရပ္ကြက္(၈)၌ ယေန႕နံနက္ ၅နာရီ ၀န္းက်င္အခ်ိန္တြင္ ဓါးထိုးမႈ တခုျဖစ္ပြားရာ တဦးေသဆံုးသြားသည္ဟု စခန္းလံုၿခံဳေရးမွဴး မန္းထြန္းေနာင္က ေကအိုင္စီကို ေျပာသည္။
ဓါးျဖင့္ အထိုးခံရသူ မြတ္ဆလင္မ္ အမ်ဳိးသား ဘခ်ဳိ ၂၃ႏွစ္သည္ အျခားမြတ္ဆလင္မ္ ညီအကိုသံုးဦးျဖစ္သူ ဂ်င္မာေလး၊ ဆိုးေပ၊ ရဟာမက္တို႔ႏွင့္ ၄င္းရပ္ကြက္ရွိ ႏြားသတ္သည့္ေနရာတြင္ စကားမ်ားခဲ့ရာမွ စတင္ၿပီးေနာက္ ထိုးႀကိတ္ၾကရာမွ ယခုလို ေသဆံုးရ ျခင္း ျဖစ္သည္။ ၎တို႕ေလးဦးသည္ စခန္းထဲတြင္ အမဲသားေပါင္ေရာင္းၿပီး အသက္ေမြး၀မ္းေက်ာင္းသူမ်ားျဖစ္ေၾကာင္း သိရသည္။ continue
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