Over 50 Three Pagodas Pass residents arrested

October 28th, 2010

Jury Chai, Thu Rein : Burmese  authorities in Three Pagodas Pass (TPP) town on the Thai Burma-Border, last night arrested over 50 TPP residents who were caught out along the main road after 9 pm at night.

As of October 27th, the residents of TPP are subject to a 9 pm curfew. News of the curfew has reportedly not been widely circulated.

According to an arrested resident,  the arrested individuals included children, adults, and youths. Reportedly, those arrested widely claimed they had not heard about TPP’s newest curfew.

The 50 people were reportedly arrested just after 9 pm, were interrogated and searched, and then released by authorities a little after 10 pm.

“They [the authorities] did not do anything bad to us such as hit us, they just said [we were] not allowed to go out after 9 pm,” he claimed

He added that authorities still have not shared the news of the new 9 pm curfew with the majority of the TPP residents, and only the individuals who have already been arrested for breaking the new curfew are actually aware of the change.

An individual who is close with the TPP authorities’ Information Department reported that security has become heightened as November 7th, the date of the 2010 Burmese elections, draws near. This individual claimed that increased amounts of Burmese soldiers have ben leading sentry duty around TPP town, and have been arresting, questioning, and later releasing individuals they deem suspicious. Roadways from the Thai-Burma border have also been closed as of October 28th.

“They are afraid that [out of town] people will come to make disturbances in the polling booths, so now the have closed the roads” he added.

Factories in TPP, along the Thai-Burma border, and within all industrial zones in Burma will also close at the beginning of November, in preparation for the elections.

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By abma | October 26, 2010

တရားမမွ်တေသာ နအဖ စစ္အာဏာရွင္မ်ား၏ ၂၀၁၀-ေရြးေကာက္ပြဲအား မေထာက္ခံေၾကာင္း

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ယေန႔ ေအာက္တိုဘာလ (၂၇)ရက္ေန႔က အမ်ိဳးသားဒီမိုကေရစီ အဖြဲ႔ခ်ဳပ္လူငယ္မ်ားမွ ေတာင္ဥကၠလာ၊ သဃၤန္းကၽြန္း၊ ေတာင္ဒဂုံ၊ ဒလ၊ ေကာ့မႈးျမိဳ႕နယ္ မ်ားသို႔ အဖြဲ႔ (၂)ဖြဲ႔ခြဲ၍ မဲမေပးေရးလႈပ္ရွားမႈ စာရြက္စာတမ္းမ်ားအား မဲဆႏၵရွင္ ျပည္သူမ်ားသို႔ သြားေရာက္ေဝငွခဲ့ေၾကာင္း သိရွိရပါသည္..။ continue     http://nldlajb.blogspot.com/2010/10/blog-post_6036.html

Burma Election Boycott Song by All Kachin Students and Youth Union

The exiled All Kachin Students Youth Union (AKSYU) released an album of songs protesting against the 2010 general election yesterday in Kachin State, according to Leonard, the group’s leader. 

About 1,000 copies of the ‘Rise Up’ album are being distributed free of charge in Myitkyina, the Capital of Kachin State, in Northern Burma. The group said the purpose of the project is to educate the public about the misleading tactics used by the junta and encourage people to oppose the election.
anti-election-song2“This election is trying to legalize the 2008 constitution and there is no justice. That is why we are trying to give the message to the people to oppose the election,” said Leonard.

The songs, which are sung by exiled Kachin young people in the Shan language, include titles such as Slavery System, Let Us Rise Up, Cross Sign and Hope to Panglong.  Another song, Giving A Little Opportunity and Lying, is in Rawang.

“Kachin people have been hoping for many years for the coming of a real federal system, but now the military dictatorship is ruling and the constitution only supports the military government. The election is coming and all patriots should know the truth and rise up against the election. This is our right and our chance,” said the words of one song.
anti-election-song1“We hold to the Panglong agreement and we want the federal system which was organized by all ethnic groups,” Leonard said commenting on the song Hope To Panglong.

The AKSYU has also distributed pamphlets and given speeches urging the public to oppose the 2008 constitution.

The album was released on an internet October 25th.

“Providing the information through song is more effective, and it can easily reach everywhere. As well, Kachin people are interested in music,” student leader Leonard said.

Kachin News

Burma FM hints at Suu Kyi’s release

Burma has told its neighbours that democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi may be freed after the 7 November elections, according to a source at a summit where the junta is under fire over the discredited polls.

Burmese Foreign Minister Nyan Win tackled the divisive issue with his regional counterparts during Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) talks in Hanoi Wednesday.

“He said they will release Aung San Suu Kyi maybe after the elections,” said a foreign ministry official from one of the ASEAN delegations, who attended the dinner meeting. However, Nyan Win “did not say specifically” what date Suu Kyi – who has been in detention for 15 of the last 21 years – would be freed from house arrest, the source told AFP.

Authorities in Burma have previously told AFP that the democracy icon will be released when her current term of house arrest expires on 13 November, but the military state has made no official confirmation.

Western governments as well as UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon – who holds talks Friday with ASEAN leaders – have repeatedly said the vote will not be credible unless Suu Kyi and other opponents are set free.

Ban has expressed his growing “frustration” with the Burmese junta in recent weeks and called on its neighbours to be more aggressive with its pariah neighbour or risk tarnishing their own democratic credentials.

Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa, who said Wednesday that he believed it was not too late to fix the “credibility deficit” undermining the elections, indicated the region was anticipating an imminent release. Continue reading “Burma FM hints at Suu Kyi’s release”