Mon armed group led by Nai Than Lwin asks extortion money from government rubber plantation

July 27th, 2011

Min Tawlawi and Hong Dein – Government Research and Multiply Rubber Department in Mudon Township Mon State was asked extortion money from a Mon armed group led by Nai Than Lwin to pay them today.

“That department has a lot of rubber nursery plantations from Mudon Town to Naing Hlone village. The armed group didn’t mention how much they ask but they said they will come today” a source close to the staff from that department.

Rubber Field in Mudon Township Mon StateRubber Field in Mudon Township Mon State

If the department would not pay the amount of money they asked they will take action against the department, a source close to the armed group. But they did not say what action they will take.

On May 14, 2011 the armed group blasted the bomb Telecommunication department which located in front of Government Research and Multiply Rubber Department. During that time a police died from their shooting and another got injured. Both departments located outside of the town. A small bomb blast exploded at the same telecommunication office in July 2008, but there were no casualties, only damages to furniture and some areas of the building.

In the morning of July 11, the unknown Mon and Karen armed groups kidnapped a worker from a road construction at the highway from Moulmein to Ye, and asked 15 Million Kyat extortion from the company. The kidnapped workers was released last week, but the company didn’t pay it yet.

The extortion and kidnapping have been happening after the Burmese government and New Mon State Party ended their ceasefire in 2010, and the situation can be more terrible, said a local situation analyst.

According to private plantation owner, the rubber plantation owners from Mudon and Thanbyuzayat Townships are also afraid of extorting money by the Mon armed group.

Nai Than Lwin’ armed group fired a worker’s house belonged to by government rubber plantation between Mudon and Thanbyuzayat on July 17. The local Burmese army warned the workers to go back their homes according to a plantation owner.

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Vietnam: Father Nguyen Van Ly Should Remain Free

Police Return Ailing Dissident Priest to Prison
JULY 26, 2011
Vietnam denies its people basic freedoms and unjustly imprisons peaceful activists like Father Ly.
Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director of Human Rights Watch

(Bangkok) – Vietnam should immediately release the Roman Catholic priest Father Nguyen Van Ly, who was sent back to prison on July 25, 2011, to serve a sentence for political dissent, Human Rights Watch said today. The state-run Vietnam News Agency (VNA) said he was returned to prison for “compiling, storing and distributing documents…opposing the Party and the State” and “inciting people to…stage demonstrations,” which the news agency claimed defied the law.

The activist priest, who suffered several serious strokes while serving an eight-year prison sentence, was granted temporary medical parole 16 months ago. With his return to prison, Ly must serve five more years behind bars followed by five years of probationary house arrest. Continue reading “Vietnam: Father Nguyen Van Ly Should Remain Free”

WAR: 4 Burmese soldiers killed, 12 injured by KIA ambush

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Four Burmese soldiers were killed and more than 12 were wounded on July 26, during an evening ambush at Kamaing, in Burma’s Northern Kachin State, by Kachin Independence Army (KIA) troops, witnesses said.
Two trucks with government troops from the railway-town Sarhmaw-based Infantry Battalion No. 105 were attacked by KIA troops from Battalion 6, under Brigade 2, on the Namti-Hpakant road at Nga Pauk Kone, near Kamaing, when they were travelling to Hpakant jade mining city, according to KIA brigade officers.

A KIA officer said one truck was loaded with weapons and rations and the other truck carried troops.

On Wednesday morning, short skirmishes occurred at a Burmese army post at Katsu Village in Myitkyina-Manmaw (Bhamo) when members of the KIA People’s Army attacked the Burmese post at about 5 a.m., said local residents.

There were no casualties in the military clashes, sources from the KIA People’s Army reported to the Thailand-based Kachin News Group.

Military clashes have increased between the government and Kachin armies in Kachin State and Shan State, while ceasefire negotiations are taking place.

A short ceasefire agreement is expected to be signed soon, if the current negotiations are a success, KIO officers in its Laiza headquarters said.

Mon leaders call on Daw Suu to explain more about discussions with labour minister

July 26th, 2011

Rai Maroah – A Mon political leader from the All Mon Region Democracy Party (AMRDP) says if democracy icon Daw Aung San Suu Kyi remains silent and has no will to inform the public about her discussion with the labour minister of the new Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP)-led government in Burma (Myanmar), there can be no good results.

Nai Ngwe Thein, the chairperson of the AMDP, said, “The people have desires, and they want to know what the discussions are about. She should explain to the people, and then they can know. By this way, it can benefit the people. Without explanation, there will be no benefit.”

the 8th meeting of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and U Aung Kyi (Source-The Mirror)the 8th meeting of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and U Aung Kyi (Source-The Mirror)

National League for Democracy (NLD) leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi met with Union Minister for Labour, Social Service, Relief and Resettlement U Aung Kyi on the afternoon of 25 July at Sein-le-kan-thar government guest-house in Rangoon. Continue reading “Mon leaders call on Daw Suu to explain more about discussions with labour minister”

London Calling: 8.8.88 Massacre in Burma memorial- Demonstration

8888 uprising documentary Part 2

08 August · 13:00 – 14:00

In front of the Burmese Embassy in London, UK

19A, Charles Street, Mayfair, London, W1J 5DX
London, United Kingdom

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For Burma Democratic Concern (BDC)

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Dear All, Please come and join with us to show your support for Burma and protest together. Global Day of Action as well as Global Resistance Day for Injustice, 8.8.11 is the 23rd anniversary of 8.8.88 massacre, during which military gunned down more than 3000 peaceful demonstrators in Burma.Please come and show your support. Each and every person’s participation is very important and we value your present. We must send powerful, united and strong message to the world that there is no place for injustice system in the world and they must go. We believe that together we can restore the democracy, human rights and freedom in Burma and the world at large.

As everyone is bond in humanity and as we are living in global village, everyone is interrelated to each other. Please spread this event to your friends and we would be very much appreciated to your support.

Main Message: Dialogue toward National Reconciliation in Burma

London, UK Event: In Front of the Burmese Embassy
Time: 13:00- 14:00 pm
Date: 8/8/2011
Address:19A Charles Street, Mayfair, London, W1J 5DX