Kachin ceasefire group denies blasts in Irrawaddy-Myitsone dam site

The Kachin Independence Army (KIA), one of the ethnic ceasefire groups that still refuse to transform into junta’s border guard force, has denied having anything to do with the bomb blasts which took place on 17 April at Myitsone dam site in the Irrawaddy River in Kachin State, northern Burma, according to a senior officer from the KIA.

“If it were us, we would have done it to the Burma Army soldiers. But the blasts took place only a few miles away from the Burmese soldiers’ camps,” the officer said. “It was likely to be their own handiwork and the blame was placed on us because we rejected its BGF program.”

According to local sources, bombs exploded around 02:40 (Burma Standard Time) at different places near the dam zone. Over 37 bombs were set but only 25 exploded, said a source from the Sino-Burma border.

However, there were no damages or injuries reported. “Four cars owned by Asia World Company, 3 cars owned by Chinese companies were burnt to the ground including 4 offices,” he said.

Kachin News Group (KNG) reported that there were four people died and over 12 people injured. Most of the dead and injured were Chinese workers.

Today, some Kachin top leaders were reportedly summoned to Myitkyina by the order from commander of the Northern Region Command regarding the explosions. No further details were given.

The said dam project is to generate 300 KW of electricity and to be sold to China’s Yunnan province. It has been under construction since 2009 under Asia World Company, Burma’s Ministry of Electric Power No.1 and China Power Investment Corporation (CPI).

Many Kachin organizations and local people have urged the military junta to stop the project on the river.

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(Chinland Guardian): The recent bomb explosions in Rangoon left at least 8 people dead on the spot and about 94 seriously injured, sparking speculation over possible connection with the ‘unsmooth’ campaign condition of SPDC’s upcoming general election.

One source claimed that the military regime was toying with an idea of putting off the 2010 election, which is expected to be held later this year, as the plan has not really been going well.

The Burmese blogger said the police arrived at one of the blast sites suspiciously fast. No official statement on the blast has yet been released, according to the Irrawaddy.

In the mean time, Burma’s military regime keeps quiet, making no comments on the incidents. Instead, the SPDC is said to have blamed attacks on the dissidents or ethnic groups fighting for federal system of government.

Another source claimed the SPDC could tell Beijing that terrorism by Beijing-linked groups, (KIO) Kachin Independence Organization and  UWSA (the United Wa State Army), need to be punished for resorting to such terrorist tactics against Myanmar as these two best armed ceasefire organizations have so far resisted the SPDC’s ultimatum. Continue reading “RANGOON BOMB BLASTS LINKED WITH UPCOMING 2010 ELECTION”

No celebration for founding of Wa army this year

Last Saturday, 17 April, was the 21st anniversary of the founding the United Wa State Army (UWSA), but the group did not hold any celebration, only some top officers were reported to have made visits to their disabled, according to sources on the Sino-Burma border.

Unlike last year, it had been a hush-hush affair, because of the current tension between the military junta and the group regarding Naypyitaw’s border guard force program, a source said.

“They [Wa top leaders] just went to comfort and give presents to those disabled,” he said.

Last year, the group held a big ceremony for its founding and was participated by tens of thousands of people from inside and outside including international news agencies.

The Wa mutiny on 17 April 1989 followed the rebellion by its northern neighbor Kokang on 11 March 1989, a month earlier. The two incidents had put down the 4-decade long armed struggle waged by the Beijing-backed Communist Party of Burma (CPB). The two and their allies since then have been on an uneasy truce with the country’s military rulers. But Kokang was attacked by the military junta in August 2009 and some of its members became a border guard force run by the Burma Army since.
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Burma Crisis, Bomb Series & Bully Junta by BDC

Recently in Burma, series of bombs are exploded in Rangoon (Rangoon Division which is located in Southern part of Burma), in Myitgyinar (Kachin Sate which is located in Northern part of Burma) and now in Kyaugtaw (Arakan State which is located in Western Part of Burma) day after another.

People believe that junta is setting up the pre-text to arrest political dissidents. People also believe that junta itself is responsible for such terrorist acts.

Since junta is planning to hold the show-case election in 2010 in accord with the 2008 constitution which is designed to legitimise military rule in Burma in order to nullify 1990 election result in which Aung San Suu Kyi led National League for Democracy (NLD) won the landslide victory.

On 29 March 2010, Aung San Suu Kyi’s party, NLD declared that they will boycott junta’s planned sham 2010 election which is effectively sending the very strong message to the world that junta’s planned 2010 election game is not credible.

Addition, people around the world are calling for Aung San Suu Kyi led government which is effectively cornering the junta since if governments around the world endorse Aung San Suu Kyi led government as the legitimate one then the fate of Burma would change significantly.

Now, people believe that junta is committing the atrocious crimes killing innocent people by exploding the series of bombs around the country (except from Nay-Pyi-Taw where Than Shwe is based). It is clearly indicating that junta will do whatever it takes to cling into power.

This is the time that global community should denounce state terrorists of Burma, SPDC military regime which kills thousands of innocent people during their reign of terror.

We would like to call for Burmese people around the country to be vigilant and again we would like to call for governments around the world to get ready to endorse Aung San Suu Kyi led government if should the one be formed.