4 July 2014 (NNT) – Fourteen Cambodian migrant workers have been freed from a prison in Sa Kaeo province after they were imprisoned for holding counterfeit work permits.
The 14 men have been transported to a Cambodian immigration checkpoint near the border after they were arrested last month while fleeing Thailand amid a mass exodus of other workers.
Cambodian officials and army officers received the workers at the border where they are reunited with their family and friends.
The release came just days after Cambodian authorities granted a royal pardon to a convicted Thai activist Veera Somkwamkid during a visit from the Permanent-Secretary for Foreign Affairs Sihasak Phuangketkeow.
Four suspects have been arrested over a shooting incident on May 28 in a village in northern Rakhine State that left three people dead and nine others hospitalised, officials said.
The four suspects, described as “Bengalis” by authorities, have been charged over the incident in Maungdaw Township’s Southern Thinbawgway Village and another 12 suspects remain at large, township officials said.
The incident occurred amidst calls for increased security in the area near the border with Bangladesh, following reports of armed groups entering Myanmar from the country.
Village residents said the armed group had not tried to rob them, but that they took weapons from the village after the shootout.
The village head, his wife and an Islamic scholar were shot dead in the attack. Nine other people sustained gun shot wounds and were sent to Maungdaw General Hospital.
The shooting incident was the first of its kind this year, officials said.
It followed a recommendation in a report submitted to President Thein Sein that security be increased in the township. An investigation committee formed by the president to investigate violence in Ducheeratan village earlier this year compiled the report.
It called for the government to better equip police, increase their number, and teach them riot control techniques.
Some security assessments have said the Rohingya Solidarity Organisation – a terrorist organistion – has increased incursions into Myanmar from Bangladesh, entering primarily through Maungdaw Township.
Surfers in Myanmar lost access to their Facebook pages in yesterday night starting from about 9 pm and it was down until 3am today morning.
Some IT technicians said it may happen because local Internet Service Provider (ISP) banned Facebook. International Facebook users can use their pages.
“If you can use Facebook after using proxy, it is sure that Facebook is banned by local ISP. It is easy for them to ban websites,” said Zaw Win Tun, an Executive Member of Myanmar Computer Professionals Association.
“At first I thought the internet is bad and then I can’t use Facebook completely. In Twitter, Myanmar from overseas tweeted that Facebook is banned in Myanmar,” said Htike Htike Aung from Myanmar ICT Development Organization (MIDO).
“I can use it around 8 pm and it is not accessible since 9 pm. But when I use proxy, I can log in my account. It is somehow good that we cannot use during the situation in Myanmar is confusing. But it can interfere to others who are using it for their personal,” said Ko Toe, a Facebook surfer.
Facebook social network was down for about 20 minutes across the world in the afternoon of June 19 due to a server error. Myanmar has more than one million Facebook users and most of them are using Facebook with mobiles. The cause of the riots happened in Mandalay, the second capital of Myanmar, is related with rumours spread from Facebook. It was down just after two days of the riots.
MANDALAY – Police have deployed over 500 policemen between 82 Street and 27 Street after a second night of rioting that left two people dead and several injured.
The riots are said to have been sparked on Tuesday night by rumours on social media alleging the rape of a Buddhist tea shop worker by her Muslim employers, according to police sources.
When the police investigated the case on July 1 they tightened security in the area and advised the shop close its doors pending the investigation.
“They didn’t accept the police’s advice to temporarily close their shop since rumours were spreading on the internet. They refused because this month is their religious lent,” said police officer Zaw Min Oo, referring to the Muslim-owned teashop.
The attention soon attracted a mob that got out of control and soon turned violent, killing one man and injuring six others, including a police officer.
“People were crowding in to see what was happening. Then the crowd became bigger but no violence occurred until 10 p.m.,” he added.
On Wednesday night, motorcycles singing the national anthem began circling the area between 83rd and 86th Street attracting a mob of up to 500 people.