DW:Suu Kyi calls on Europe and Germany to be more supportive

In an exclusive interview with DW, Burmese civil rights activist Aung San Suu Kyi talks about the changes in Myanmar (Burma) she has experienced after her release and her future plans.

Aung San Suu Kyi was released on November 13th after more than seven years of house arrest. In 1991, the pro-democracy activist received the Nobel Peace Prize. The 65-year old has spent 15 of the last 21 years in detention.

Deutsche Welle: What is your daily routine these days?

Aung San Suu Kyi: My daily routine is very, very hectic. If I look back at today, I had about two, three appointments this morning and two in the afternoon, and I still haven’t finished my work yet. So, it is extremely hectic.

What kind of appointments are these?

I am meeting diplomats, I am meeting political parties, I am meeting individuals, we have our National League for Democracy (NLD) office meetings. Then I am speaking to people on the phone. And there are individual journalists and correspondents, who have managed to come to Burma, and I have to meet them as well.

What was the biggest change you noticed in your city after your house arrest was lifted?

I think the number of hand phones! The moment I was released, I saw all those people with their hand phones which they were using to take photographs. I think what it means is that there is an improvement in communications.

And what about the Burmese society? Did you find any other changes?

Prices have gone up sky-high, and people are very concerned about it. Everybody talks about the rise in prices. Also, the attitude of the young people has improved considerably. They want to be involved in the political process, and they are much more outgoing and proactive than they were seven years ago.

When you were released, it was striking that many young people turned up to greet you. What are your expectations from the youth of Burma?

It is for them to understand that it is up to them to bring change to our country, and that they should not depend on me or the NLD or anybody else. We will do our best, but in the end I want them to have this self-confidence to believe that they can do it for themselves. Continue reading “DW:Suu Kyi calls on Europe and Germany to be more supportive”

ကုိသုိက္(ဒီဇင္ဘာ-၁၄)။ Kaowao news

ကုိသုိက္(ဒီဇင္ဘာ-၁၄)။    ။ကရင္ျပည္နယ္ ဘုရားသုံးဆူျမိဳ႕ႏွင့္ ၾကာအင္းဆိပ္ၾကီးျမိဳ႕ကိုသြားသည့္ ဇမိေခ်ာင္းေရလမ္းခရီးကို ဒီဇင္ဘာ လ(၁၁)ရက္ေန႕တြင္ ၾကာအင္းဆိပ္ၾကီးေဒသခံဗ်ဴဟာမွဴးမွ ေလွလမ္းေၾကာင္းကိုပိတ္ျပီးေနာက္ပိုင္း ေကအာန္ယူ ဘက္မွတဖန္ ကုန္းလမ္းေရလမ္းကိုပါ ထပ္မံပိတ္ပင္လိုက္သည္ဟု ေဒသခံအာဏာပိုင္မ်ားႏွင့္ နီးစပ္သူတစ္ဦးမွ ေျပာသည္။

ယခုလိုေရေၾကာင္းလမ္းေရာ ကုန္းလမ္းကိုပါ ပိတ္ပင္ခဲ့သည့္အတြက္ ကုန္သည္ေတြေရာ ခရီးသြားေတြပါ အခက္အခဲေတြ႕ေနသည္ဟု ကုန္သည္တစ္ဦးကယခုလိုေျပာပါသည္။

“ကြ်န္းေခ်ာင္းမွာကုန္သည္ေတြပိတ္မိေနတယ္။ သြားလာလို႕မရဘူး။ အဲဒီကြ်န္းေခ်ာင္းမွာဘဲေသာင္တင္ ေနတယ္။ သုံးရက္ ေလးရက္ေလာက္ရွိျပီး။ ဂြက်ေနတယ္။ ဆိပ္ၾကီးမွာရွိတဲ့ခရီးသည္ေတြကတခါ ဟိုေရးဘက္ ပတ္ျပီးေတာ့လာရေတာ့ ကုန္က်စရိတ္မ်ားတာေပါ့။ ေ၀းတာေပါ့။” Continue reading “ကုိသုိက္(ဒီဇင္ဘာ-၁၄)။ Kaowao news”

Renewed clashes between junta troops, DKBA faction kill nine

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – Renewed clashes involving grenade and rocket attacks broke out between the Burmese Army and a unit of a breakaway Democratic Karen Buddhist Army brigade in Burma’s eastern Karen State on Monday. At least nine junta soldiers were killed and four wounded, DKBA sources said.

About sixty troops from Kalohtoobaw strategic command under Colonel Saw Lah Pwe ambushed about 100 junta troops from Burmese Army Infantry Battalion (IB) 299 as they were being sent to reinforce the Burmese Army’s Wawlay outpost in Kawkareik Township, about 20 miles (32 kilometres) west of the Thai-Burmese border town on Myawaddy, a command spokesman said yesterday.

The junta troops and the DKBA group fired rockets and lobbed grenades for more than an hour at each other near Chukalee, Kweethao and Tanawhta villages, more than 30 miles from Myawaddy, the spokesman said.

Although the Karen National Union (KNU) did not join the DKBA faction in the fighting, its troops guarded their flank, KNU Battalion 201 commander Major Kyi Aung said.

More than 200 refugees fled the fresh battles, escaping to Mae Sot on the Thai side of the Moei River opposite Myawaddy, where Mae Tao Clinic social workers gave them food, water and medicines. Continue reading “Renewed clashes between junta troops, DKBA faction kill nine”

Junta to issue more weapons for militia units

The ruling military junta will supply weapons and guns for every member of militia units under its control in order to be able to provide support for the junta’s future military activities, according to informed sources from Shan State North.

It was informed by Director of People’s militias and Border Forces Directorate, Maj-Gen Maung Maung Ohn, while he was meeting 16 local militia units from Shan State North’s Tangyan Township on Monday, 13 December.

“He mainly talked about the militia units’ role and how we should be ready for service,” said a source close to Manpang Militia Force, which is the strongest and biggest group in the township.

The meeting lasted one and half hours from 19:00-20:30 (local time) and attended by about 200 militia men.

“There are only 3 organizations that are allowed to hold weapons, the Tatmadaw (The Army), police and militia units,” the source quoted Maj-Gen Maung Maung Ohn as saying. Continue reading “Junta to issue more weapons for militia units”