ATTENTION!! KACHIN WAR: Burmese army used Chemical Weapons against KIA-video

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 by KNG News

ကခ်င္ျပည္နယ္ မိုးေကာင္းျမိဳ႕နယ္ ကခ်င္လြတ္လပ္ေရးတပ္မေတာ္ (KIA)ႏွင့္ အစိုးရတပ္မ်ားတင္းမာသည့္ နယ္ေျမ မရမ္း (Mayan) ေက်းရြာတြင္ လက္နက္ၾကီးက်ည္ ရြာတြင္းသုိ႔က်ေရာက္ ေပါက္ကြဲသျဖင့္ ေဒသခံ ၂ ဦးေသဆံုးျပီး ၃ ဦးဒဏ္ရာရရွိသြားခဲ့သည္။
ယမန္ေန႔ည ၇ နာရီေက်ာ္ခန္႔တြင္ မည္သည့္တပ္ဖြဲ႔မွ ပစ္လိုက္သည္မသိေသာ လက္နက္ၾကီးသည္ မရမ္း (Mayan) ေက်းရြာ ရပ္ကြက္ (၆) ရွိ ေဒသခံ ဂ်န္ေမာ္ (Jangmaw) မိသားစု ေနအိမ္တြင္းသုိ႔ က်ေရာက္ေပါက္ကြဲကာ မိခင္ႏွင့္သားသည္ ပြဲခ်င္းျပီးေသဆုံးခဲ့ျပီး မိသားစု၀င္ ၃ ဦးဒဏ္ရာရသြားခဲ့ျခင္းျဖစ္ေၾကာင္း မရမ္း ေဒသခံတစ္ဦးက KNG ကခ်င္သတင္းဌာနသုိ႔ ေျပာသည္။

“ေသသြားတဲ့ မိခင္က ႏွေခါင္းကေန က်ည္ဆံ၀င္ျပီး ေခါင္းအေနာက္ကေန ပြင့္ထြက္သြားတာ။ ကေလးက ေခါင္မွာထိျပီး ဦးေနာက္ေတြပါထြက္ျပီး သူတို႔ႏွစ္ေယာက္က ခ်က္ခ်င္းေသသြားတယ္။ ဒဏ္ရာရတဲ့ အဖိုးကေတာ့ ညာဖက္ေျခေထာက္နဲ႔ဖင္မွာ ေသနတ္ထိတယ္။ ေသသြားတဲ့သူရဲ့ အမ်ိဳးသားက ညာဖက္ေျခေထာက္နဲ႔ လက္ညိႇးနဲ႔ ၂ ေခ်ာင္းလား ပ်က္သြားတာဟုတ္တယ္။ ျပီးေတာ့ ေနာက္ေၾကာေတြမွာ က်ည္ဆံေတြ ထိသြားတယ္။ အငယ္ဆံုးကေလးက ဘယ္ဖက္ေျခေထာက္မွာထိတယ္။” ဟု မ်က္ျမင္ေဒသခံတစ္ဦးေျပာျခင္းျဖစ္သည္။ Continue reading “ATTENTION!! KACHIN WAR: Burmese army used Chemical Weapons against KIA-video”

KACHIN WAR: FREE BURMA RANGER Zau Hkawng,KILLED BY BURMA ARMY

FBR REPORT: KACHIN FBR GOOD LIFE CLUB COUNSELOR KILLED BY BURMA ARMY

Kachin State, Burma
25 January, 2013

Dear friends, one our Kachin Rangers, 20 year old Zau Hkawng, a Good Life Club counselor, has been killed by the Burma Army while defending his people in Kachin State. He had been missing in action but his body has now been found. We are very sorry to lose him and pray for his family, team and friends. In the sacrifice of his life Zau Hkawng lived out Jesus’ words, “Greater love has no man than this that he lay down his life for his friends.”

Zau Hkawng a GLC counselor killed by the Burma army

On 16 August 2012, Zau Hkwang was carrying food and giving assistance to Kachin soldiers who were in a line of defense protecting the Kachin people under attack by the Burma Army in Pang Wa, Kachin State. The Burma Army overwhelmed the Kachin position and the Kachin soldiers were forced to retreat.  Zau Hkawng chose to cover their retreat and remained as the last man in the position until all others had escaped. By his actions the Burma Army was not able to kill more of the Kachin and were slowed in the taking of the position. In doing this he lost his life. He was last seen defending the hill alone. His body was recovered on 10 December 2012 after the Burma Army left the immediate area.

Zau Hkawng said he joined the FBR because he loved his people and wanted to serve them well. In his role as a Good Life Club counselor he focused on the needs of women and children. He was a loving, energetic and humble young man who gave his all to anyone who needed help. We thank God for him and for his life and are sad for his death. In the midst of our sorrow we trust that nothing precious is eternally lost in God’s hands. And we believe we will see him again in the place God has prepared for all of us. We honor Zau Hkwang’s courage. His loss makes us more determined to make good his sacrifice for freedom, justice and reconciliation for all in Burma.

May God Bless You,

Burma Army Infantry battalion 55 seized 307.72 acres of farm and some coconut-plantations on Kantharyar beach in Gwa-Arakan

Thandwe: Burma’s union parliamentary commission for investigating confiscations of agrarian land and other land has recently investigated 1,000 acres of farms seized by the army in Gwa Township in southern Arakan State.

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U Phae Than, a lawmaker of people’s parliament and a member of the commission, said the commission conducted field investigations in Gwa Township on 12th of December after the farmers from the area reported confiscations of their farms to the parliament.

“307.72 acres of farm and some coconut-plantations on Kantharyar beach in Gwa have been seized by the infantry battalion 55. The army still has not used those farms for construction or tree plantations. But it has been renting those farms for cultivation and the coconut-plantations on a contract basis. The farmers want their farms back from the army and they have reported this to our parliamentary commission. So, we have gone there to investigate the matter”, said U Phae Than.

He said the Infantry Battalion (55) based in Thandwe has confiscated those farms and plantations on Kantharyar beach in 1994 and 1995 under the expectation that the beach would become an exotic seaside resort.

“Kantharyar beach in Gwa is as beautiful as Ngapali beach in Thandwe. The army has confiscated those farms near the beach in order to construct hotels as it thought that the beach would become a seaside resort. Some buildings were constructed on some of those farms, but many farms are still being left unused. Those constructed buildings now lie in ruins as well. It will be very difficult for both foreign and domestic tourists to visit the beach because no facilities such as electricity, water and transportation are available there. So, the army has been renting those farms back to farmers for cultivation and the coconut plantation on contracts. All those confiscated farms and plantations are as long as five miles. The beach is still unexploited and very beautiful”, he said.

The local farmers from Kyeintali Village in Gwa Township are also said to have been suffering from losses as the battalion (55) has seized and abandoned over 700 acres of their farms as long as ten miles without doing anything since 1994.

“The farmers from Kyeintali have also complained to us that it has been nearly 20 years since the army confiscated and abandoned their farms without doing anything. So, we had to investigate those farms in Kyeintali as well”, said U Phae Than.

When asked his opinion on those unnecessary confiscations of farms by the army, U Phae Than said, “It is reasonable if the army will confiscate the farms close to their station and necessary for building their stations. But in most cases the army has confiscated the farms situated very far from its stations. It has not done anything beneficial to the people as well as to the nation with those confiscated farms. But the officers of the army have ordered to do so for their personal profits. For a long time they have been exploiting those confiscated farms by renting them back to the farmers. This should not be perpetuated. The farmers also want their farms back. If the farms are returned to them, it will be very beneficial to the nation.”

It is learnt that the army is still continuing to rent the confiscated farms to the farmers even though it has been now ordered by the higher authorities not to raise any welfare funds for their forces by renting the farms for cultivation.

U Phae Than said such perpetrations by the army have made a bad image for the nation.

The commission is also said to have investigated the responsible officers of the Infantry Battalion (55), the district administrator and the farmers concerning the four cases of farm confiscations in Thandwe Township.

It is the second time the parliamentary commission has conducted field investigations on farm confiscations in Arakan State. The commission is said to have investigated four cases in Thandwe, one case in Kyeintali, one case in Gwa and seven cases in Kyaukpru on this mission and is assigned to submit its findings, appraisals and suggestions concerning those cases to the union parliament.

credit Narinjara news

BURMA MYANMAR Government troops burned down a Kachin refugees camp

Burmese army soldiers from 240th LIR raided a Kachin refugee camp and burned at least 50 temporary tents in northern Shan state on Nov 28. Hpaikawng refugee camp, which is located between Muse-Mungkoe in northern Shan state, was demolished and burned down by a group of Burmese army soldiers from 240th LIR, reported a local source.

Earlier in the morning, a combined force of KIA’s 36th Battalion under 4th Brigade and Kachin people militia (MHH) engaged in a battle against Burmese army’s 240th LIR near Hpaikawng village. Government soldiers, enraged by fierce fighting with Kachin forces, then turned to avenge Kachin refugees living in Hpaikawng camp in the afternoon. Most villagers in the camp are Kachin and Shan ethnic nationalities.

Burmese army soldiers forced all villagers to go inside a church in Hpaikawng village and interrogated suspected villagers. Women and children were released in the evening after questioning for hours, but about 20 men are still being detained by Burmese soldiers, said a local resident.

 

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Shan State Army (SSA) North spokesman Maj Sai La, in response to the 29 October report of Myawady News, the organ of the Burma Army,

Shan State Army (SSA) North spokesman Maj Sai La, in response to the 29 October report of Myawady News, the organ of the Burma Army, says 6 SSA fighters, with 44 new recruits, were attacked by Burma Army troops on 26 October in Namkham, killing 2 of them. “Our men had only one automatic rifle between them,” he says. “And as we have signed a ceasefire agreement, nobody expected an assault by the Burma Army.” (SHAN)

 

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Sittwe: Four Arakanese were killed, twelve injured and many others are missing after the Burmese army fired simultaneous shots on an engine-boat driving on the upper Kaladan River in Kyauktaw in Arakan State.

A local elder told Narinjara that dead bodies from the incident are being kept in the public hospital in Kyauktaw and that he witnessed a youth’s dead body being brought to the hospital on Saturday morning when he was there.

“I saw the dead body of a youth identified as Maung Win Hlaing from Alaekyaun Village being brought to the hospital ”, said the elder.

He said that the dead body of Ko Tun Aye Thar, who was also killed in the army’s shooting, was brought to the hospital early morning on Saturday.

“There are now already four who were killed, twelve injured and others onboard that are missing after the army’s boat shooting”, he said.

The four who were found dead after the incident are identified as 28-year old Htwee Hla Sein, 23 year-old Oo Kyaw Hla, Ko Tun Aye Thar and Ko Maung Win Hlaing. They are said to be from the villages of Ton Ma, Lak Pru, Thar Se and Alae Kyaun in Kyauktaw Township.

The engine-boat driving in the Kaladan River was said to be shot with a barrage of bullets by the army from the river-bank near Taung Bwe Village in upper Kyauktaw Township around 4 pm on 25th of October.

“We cannot say why the army shot the boat, but it is likely that the army assumed the boat was coming to attack the Muslim villages. All people onboard the boat were killed, wounded and many are still missing because the army fired continuous shots at the boat from a close distant. There were over 30 people onboard and all the remaining ones are still missing”, said the elder.

Ten out of twelve injured in the incident have been already sent to Sittwe Hospital as their injuries are serious while the most serious among them identified as Ko Than Shwe is said to have been sent to Rangoon from Sittwe by air on Saturday.

The Arakanese death toll after violence began in the region has already reached eight in Kyauktaw Township—four of them were killed in army boat shootings while the four others were killed in army shootings and clashes with Bengali Muslims in Paikthe Lak Saung Kauk Village.

There are now 14 Arakanese who were killed in army shootings during this fresh violence around Arakan State—2 in Rathedaung, 2 in Minbya, 4 in Mrauk-U and 6 in Kyauktaw respectively. According to news reports, there are causalities in other violence-hit areas due to army shootings as well.

It has also been learnt that army shootings injured 12 Arakanese in Rathedaung Township, 15 in Kyauktaw Township and over 30 in other violence-hit areas in Arakan State.

Burma-War: 6,000 people flee from Hpakant battle

Tuesday, August 28 — Within two weeks, over 6,000 miners and residents in Burma’s Hpakant jade mine have fled from war zones to local Christ churches and Buddhist monasteries in Hpakan.  The fighting intensified in the jade mining region in western Kachin State when a Burmese Army column took position near Maw Mau Bum— the jade mining village and strategic military post for the Kachin Independence Army’s Battalion 6. The internally displaced persons (IDPs) are currently receiving basic food and medical assistance from the religious organizations and jade companies.  According to local volunteers, no IDPs to date have received government support.

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WAR: Bumese soldiers of 437th LIR, who are responsible for security of Taping hydropower plant, crossed over to KIA’s 15th Battalion Territory

– On June 8, Bumese soldiers of 437th LIR, who are responsible for security of Taping hydropower plant, crossed over to KIA’s 15th Battalion under 3rd Brigade’s territory. Captain Myat Ko Ko and Lt. Ko Ko Win and policeman Ye Naing were stopped and detained by KIA troops as they walked past the last gate in KIA’s 15th Battalion areas.

– At about 9 pm, Burmese army’s northern command called KIO’s liason office in Myitkyina to release those being detained by KIA. KIO in turn asked for release of KIO members in prisons being held during ceasefire era, in exchange for two Burmese army’s officers and a policeman.

– While a negotiation was going on between KIO and Northern command, Burmese army prepared to attack KIA’s 15th Battalion. At around midnight on June 8, Burmese army columns began marching from Momauk to Sanggang. Burmese army’s 437th LIR and 348th LIR arrived at Sanggang on June 9, 2011 at 3:30am. Burmese army surrounded KIO’s liason office in Sanggang and arrested KIA’s lance corporal Gawmo Chang Ying on June 9 at 5 am.

– Burmese army started firing at KIA soldiers stationed at nearby Bumsen post at 7 am on June 9. At that moment, KIA began a defensive war that would continue to this day. The first battle that began after 17 years of ceasefire lasted for about 4 hours.

– KIA intelligence unit intercepted a message from Burmese army’s northern command ordering to shoot with 5 bazookas and use 60 mm mortar shells to attack KIA’s reinforcement to Bumsen post.

– At about 8 am, Burmese army’s northern command asked for exchange of prisoners and offered the release of KIA soldiers being arrested in the past. KIO requested a proof letter for the offer but Burmese army refused to issue any letter. At 9:30am, Burmese army warned KIO not to harm those Burmese soldiers being detained by KIA. Continue reading “WAR: Bumese soldiers of 437th LIR, who are responsible for security of Taping hydropower plant, crossed over to KIA’s 15th Battalion Territory”