NAY MYO ZIN မြန္အမ်ိဳးသားပါတီရံုးေမာ္လၿမိဳင္တြင္ ေတြ႕ဆံုေဆြးေႏြးေနပါသည္/၄.၁၁.၂၀၁၄ ညေန (၄း၃၀)အခ်ိန္ ကိုပါၾကီးဇနီးမသႏၱာ၊ကိုေနမ်ဳိးဇင္၊မနီလာသိန္း၊မမီးမီး၊ေနာ္အံုးလွ တို႔ ေမာ္လျမိဳင္သို႔ေရာက္ရွိ၊ ညေန(၅)နာရီအခ်ိန္ က်ဳိက္မေရာျမိဳ႔နယ္ ရဲစခန္းသို႔ သြားေရာက္ျပီး ရဲမွဳး ခင္ေမာင္ေအးႏွင့္ေတြ႔ဆံုခဲ့၊၊
The New Mon State Party (NMSP) has begun providing security patrol for rubber plantations in and around Yethakon Village, Thanbyuzayat Township, Mon State, upon request of local rubber plantation owners who have faced threats and warnings from a Karen armed group.
NMSP units have begun providing security patrol for local rubber plantation owners after having contacted Karen National Union (KNU) groups in the area to make them aware of the Karen armed group’s threats, according to Captain Myo Htoy, commander of Thanbyuzayat Township unit of the Mon National Liberation Army (MNLA).
“[Rubber plantation] farmers said they are happy [that] our men are on guard [for them] like this. They are fear[ful] [of the Karen armed group]. We are also unhappy for what they have faced,” said Captain Myo Htoy, in an interview with IMNA.
Major Soe Soe of the Karen National Union/Karen National Liberation Army – Peace Council (KNU/KNLA-PC) and General Latwae of the KNU summoned 48 rubber plantation owners from in and around Yethakon Village to attend a meeting on July 18th to discuss plantation issues. None of the plantation owners attended the meeting.
Major Soe Soe and General Latwae then posted a sign in three locations throughout Yethakon Village and nearby areas, threatening plantation owners to meet at the house of the head of village administration, with a deadline of July 22nd. Due to threat and warnings, plantation owners and farmers appealed to the NMSP for help.
“Bo (General) Latwae and Ko Thar-nge are the ones who are confusing [causing this issue], because they have demanded money from the rubber plantation owners over and over again. How can they (plantation owners) afford to provide such money? That is why they [have] requested help [from the] NMSP,” said a local villager from Yethakon village.
In an interview with IMNA, Major Kyi San, NMSP joint-battalion commander of Moulmein District, said that the [Moulmein District ] unit will continue to provide security patrol for rubber plantation owners and workers in the Yethakon area until the time comes for the rubber trees to be harvested.
“In [the] next month, it will be time to harvest (tap) rubber trees. It will be much better if the NMSP provides patrol and security for the rubber plantation farmers and workers like this [moment] again. So, it will be no concern or danger, harvesting rubber trees,” said local rubber plantation owner Ko Soe Aung.
Major Saw Aung Chit, who is in charge of the Hpa-an based KNU/KNLA-PC liaison office, said that, in regards to KNU/KNLA-PC’s connection to this matter, the KNU/KNLA-PC liaison office will inform the heads of the KNU/KNLA-PC to make a public announcement.
Signs posted by the Karen armed group were located in three different locations on the Thanbyuzayat-Yethakon-Three Pagodas Pass highway.
The signs read, “Warning; with the deadline of 22.7. 2014, the rubber plantation owners in Yethakon area must show up at the meeting [with Karen armed group] and if they are not present, there will be no responsibility [from the Karen armed group] if anything happens to the plantations later”; the sign is undersigned by Major Soe Soe of KNU/KNLA-PC and General Latwae of the KNU.
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Min Thu Ta and Nai Marm – Only four days after the New Mon State Party (NMSP) was forced by the Tatmadaw (Burma army) to abandon its Yeethakon base, government troops tried to make NMSP soldiers leave another base on Oct. 12
After about 100 government soldiers led by Col. Aung Min arrived at the Japan Mountain base, a standoff ensued with NMSP soldiers, both sides with their guns drawn, said Nai Hong Gakao, who is the NMSP Thanbyuzayat township secretary.
Banyar Dute, a NMSP battalion commander for Thanbyuzayat Township, explained to Col. Aung Min from the Advanced Military School 4 in Weakalee village, that the government hasn’t ordered them to evacuate their base. The discussion between the two military leaders lasted for about one and half hours before the Tatmadaw finally withdrew.
“That Burma troop official said that no Mon units are allowed. I replied that there is no such an order given to us yet to leave the base,” Banyar Dute said.
“The Burma troops are just looking for problems with us, with no reasons. And, they are just trying to break the ceasefire agreement,” said Nai Hong Gakao, adding that the Mon armed group isn’t in conflict with the government.
A ceasefire with the national government was inked on February 2012.
Nai Htaw, a NMSP soldier that was at the base when the standoff occurred, described it as tense.
“Our side starts to fire first, or their side starts to fire first. Each side just waits for an order to fire. Because we refused to leave the base, tension between both sides become high. Finally they gave up and left. But we have to stay alert, and keep an eye on (the situation),” he said.
Ironically some of the same soldiers from the Yeethakon base were redeployed to Japan Mountain base that is only about a mile away after government troops forced them off just days before.
Following the 1995 ceasefire, the Japan Mountain base started with permission from the previous ruling State Law and Order Restoration Council (SLORC).
In July, the Tatmadaw attacked a NMSP base in Thuminkalan village in Tenessarim Division killing two Mon soldiers and torching the base. They also kidnapped two NMSP soldiers and another member married to one of the soldiers. No reasons were given for the kidnappings, but they are still in custody at the Kawthaung prison.
October 1, 2013
HURFOM: Residents of Anin village in Thanbyuzayat Township submitted an appeal to Mon State members of parliament last week seeking resolution to a land dispute they described as over ten years in the making.
In 1977, local man Nai Rin donated four acres of his land to the village for public use, and for decades residents dutifully maintained the property until a community project could be assigned to it. However, between 2001 and 2006 during the village administrative term of U Win Kyi, the land was allegedly parceled off to private buyers for 200,000 to 250,000 kyat per 40 x 60 foot plot.
Villagers assert that U Win Kyi, who now works with the area’s Burmese militia force, misused his authority and connections to local officials to sell the public land for his own profit. For years, residents said they were afraid to speak out against the sale due to the administrator’s considerable network of influential allies.
“While he was in charge, he used his power to exploit public land. But we did not dare say anything about it. But now we have the right to [speak out] so we submitted a letter of appeal to [senior authorities],” said a local man in an interview with HURFOM.
Compounding the community’s urgency to reclaim the land, earlier this year Anin received government approval for a hospital construction project in the village that would greatly offset current challenges to healthcare access. Village residents seeking medical treatment now have to travel to Thanbyuzayat or Ye City and are eager for a local facility, proposing Nai Rin’s four-acre public works donation as the ideal site for a future hospital.
In 2012, Anin villagers selected 36-year-old Nai San Aung, a local resident they said dedicated much of his time to the community, to serve as the newest village administrator. Since he accepted the position, many residents reportedly started talking in earnest about recovering the public land to build the hospital. The new administrator permitted residents to submit a letter of appeal to township-level administrators, members of the 88 Generation Students group, and Mon members of parliament asking for the land’s return.
Anin villagers said they submitted the letter five days ago but are not sure when the issue would be processed since many senior-level authorities have been engaged with the Mon National Conference in Moulmein, the capital of Mon State.
More than 500 residents of tambon Nong Lu in Sangkha Buri district spent six days building the floating bridge following the collapse of the Saphan Mon bridge.
The raft stretches across 450m of the river, from one bank to the other. It was initially expected to take take two to three weeks to complete, but the people in the two villages, Thais and ethnic Mon people, were determined to show they were a united community and finished the job in record time, Pakorn Noikate, mayor of tambon Wang Ka Municipality, said.
Saphan Mon, the country’s longest wooden bridge, was brought down on July 28 by a build-up of weeds around the support struts said to have been caused by strong currents during heavy rains in Sangkhla Buri on July 28.
The 850m-long bridge, including approaches, spanned the Song Kalia River and linked Moo 2 and Moo 3 in tambon Nong Lu.
Its collapse devastated residents of the two communities, adding greatly to their transportation costs .
The floating bridge’s construction was under the supervision of the abbot of Wat Sang Wiwekkaram. He also organised the donation of extra bamboo after it was feared there would not be ebough to complete the job.
The temporary, floating bridge will be open for public use after its gets a safety clearance.
August 1, 2013
HURFOM: Villagers remain uprooted from their homes following violence between Burmese military and New Mon State Party (NMSP) soldiers in Tenasserim Region’s Thu Mingalan village. With no resolution yet found between the two sides, and NMSP soldiers still being held hostage, there are worries that the conflict may be reignited in the displaced NMSP troop’s new location.
On 16 July 2 NMSP soldiers and 1 Burmese military sergeant were killed in a clash between the armed groups in the Tenasserim Region village of Thu Thu Mingalan, located in Bote Pyin Township, close to the Thai-Burma border. Subsequent to the incident violence continued in the village, with Burmese military forces torching the homes of 20 families six days later.
Whilst eyewitnesses claim that the conflict began when Burmese soldiers tore down and burned an NMSP flag, an official account is yet to be released. Thus far the Burmese military have not responded to the NMSP’s demands for an explanation of the attack, nor have they released 3 NMSP soldiers captured and being held in detention.
The captured soldiers have been named as Nai Karak Mon, Nai Win Taung and Nai Ah Ra. Nai Karak Mon was captured when transporting his wife to their home, whilst Nai Win Taung was taken hostage by the Burmese military when he went hunting in the forest. The final NMSP soldier abducted, Nai Karak Mon, was kidnapped early in the morning when visiting his family in nearby Pyi Gyi Matain village. Reports have emerged that the captured soldiers are being held at the LIB No. 559 military base, also in Tenasserim Region’s Bote Pyin Township. Continue reading “Unrest continues following Tenasserim Division clash”
Min Thu Tha – Another New Mon State Party (NMSP) soldier has been abducted on Friday. IMNA has obtained information that the latest kidnapping was carried out by members of a pro-government village administrator led peoples’ militia based in Tennaserism Division.
Nai Ah Ra was kidnapped early in the morning while visiting his family in new Pyi Gyi Matain village in Boat Pyin Township. The soldier had just received leave from his Merguri District base. According to family, Nai Ah Ra has been taken to a government army base in Lay Nyar village.
“I do not understand why they are arresting my men,” said Captain Tha Maw Chan, commanding officer for Mergui District, “we already submitted complaints about this case to the government but still waiting for their reply.”
Nai Talanye, a NMSP executive committee member, told IMNA that despite going through the appropriate government channels nothing has been done.
The violations included an attack by a column of government soldiers on a base that left 2 Mon soldiers dead and a civilian being taken hostage near Thuminkalan village in NMSP’s controlled territory on July 16. The civilian later escaped when the column torched 20 homes in the same village on July 22. The group is also believed to be behind a July 12 abduction of NMSP soldier Nai Krak Mon and his wife in the new Thuminkalan village (different from previously mentioned).
Frustrations at the government’s failure to abide to the ceasefire are growing. A protest is being organized by Mon youth at the Burmese embassy in Bangkok, according to protest organizer Layie Htaw.
“We will protest at 8 am on July 29 to oppose the government not keeping its promise. Karen youth that are living in Bangkok will also join the protest,” Layie Htaw said.
A statement from Mon civilians in Thailand denouncing the attacks and kidnappings has also been released in conjunction with the upcoming protest.
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Thursday, July 25th, 2013
Khithar Non – Burma army soldiers torched some 20 homes after intruding on New Mon State Party’s (NMSP) territory on July 22. This attack was the latest in a series of aggressive military operations by government soldiers in the last 2 weeks. These operations have resulted in 3 people being arrested and several NMSP soldiers killed while defending their posts.
Nai Win Taung was arrested when a government unit stormed a NMSP post and killed 2 soldiers on July 16. The hunter that managed to escape after the same unit burned the homes told INMA that about 80 government (Tatmadaw) soldiers invaded Thuminkalan village during the latest attack.
“After the column burnt down the houses and huts, they separated into 2 groups. I was being detained by the first group and forced to follow from the rear.”
Nai Win Taung who knows the lay of the land managed to escape after the column descended a hill. Shots were fired but he made it to the Thai border unscathed.
However a NMSP soldier and his wife are still prisoners of one of the government columns. The couple was arrested on July 12 when they went to the new Thuminkalan village (different village than previously mentioned). The NMSP soldier had just received leave from the Mergui District office.
It’s suspected that both the government’s Light Infantry Battalion (LIB) 597 and 581, and Infantry Battalion (IB) 224 and 288 were involved in the latest attacks. The NMSP lodged complaints with each of the government’s battalions, but still waiting for a reply.
Meanwhile many villagers that live where the government columns are still active have fled their homes and plantations. The government units are in the new Thuminkhalan village and other surrounding villages within NMSP’s controlled territories. So far it’s unknown just how many civilians been displaced. They are taking shelter where they can find it, mostly in monasteries and nearby villages.
Saturday, July 27th, 2013
မင်းသုတ – တနင်္သာရီတိုင်း၊ ဘုတ်ပြင်းမြို့နယ်၊ ပြည်ကြီးမဏ္ဍိုင်ရွာသစ်၌ နေထိုင်လျှက်ရှိသော မြိတ်ဒေသ၊ မွန်ပြည်သစ်ပါတီဝင် ရဲဘော် “နိုင်အရ” အား ကျေးရွာအုပ်ချုပ်ရေးမှူးခေါင်းဆောင်သည့် ပြည်သူ့စစ်အဖွဲ့ဝင်များသည် ဇူလိုင်လ ၂၆ ရက်နေ့ နံနက်စောစောပိုင်းတွင် ၄င်း၏နေအိမ်မှဖမ်းဆီခေါ်ဆောင်ခဲ့သည်ဟု မွန်ပြည်သစ်တပ်မှူး ဗိုလ်ကြီးတမော့ချမ်းက ပြောသည်။
“နိုင်အရ”သည် မြိတ်ဒေသရှိ မွန်ပြည်သစ်ပါတီတပ်စခန်းမှ မိသားစုနေအိမ်သို့ခွင့်ပြန်နေစဉ် ယင်းကဲ့သို့ အဖမ်းဆီးခံရခြင်း ဖြစ်သည်။
“ကျနော်တို့ရဲဘော်တွေကို ဘာကြောင့် ခုလိုဖမ်းဆီးနေတာကိုတော့ ကျနော်နားမလည်ဘူး၊ အထက်ကိုအကြောင်းကြားတင်ပြထားပေမယ့် ဘာမှလည်းအကြောင်းမထူးသေးဘူး” တပ်မှူးတမော့ချမ်းက ပြောသည်။ Continue reading “Govt Army battalion attacks Mon village-မွန်ပြည်သစ်ရဲဘော်တစ်ဦး ထပ်မံဖမ်းဆီးခံနေရ”