Pauk taw: A Burmese army performance troupe is roaming from one town to another in Arakan State to put on public performances that propagate junta policies through several kinds of dramas.
The army troupe performed two nights in Pauk Taw Town, 20 miles east of the capital Sittwe, on 11 and 12 January, 2010.
During the performance, Pauk Taw authorities forced businessmen in the town to contribute large sums of money to the troupe.
A businessman from Pauk Taw said, on the condition of anonymity, “I am the owner of a small rice mill. So I was forced by authorities to donate 20,000 kyats to the troupe. Similarly, goldsmith owners and shrimp farm owners were also forced by authorities to pay the same amount to the troupe.” Continue reading “Locals Extorted for Army Propaganda Troupe”
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