Monthly Archives: March 2010

Tatmadaw Shoots Children

Burned Village

This was someone's house before the Thatmadaw came

The Tatmadaw have never shown much concern for the villagers whose homes and crops they burn in their attempt at “ethnic cleansing” (which sounds so much better than genocide) but on the afternoon of 22nd March they excelled themselves in bravery. They shot and killed several women and young children according to FBR reports.

The Tatmadaw is the army controlled by the SPDC who are the military rulers of Burma, which they renamed Myanmar, these thugs expect to gain “credibility” later this year by organising an election which will keep them in power. If they keep peace by shooting children you can imagine how free and fair the elections will be:

On the 22rd of March, at 4:30 PM, Burma Army troops from LIB 369 entered Kaw Hta village, Ler Doh Township and shot and killed 1 woman and 2 children. Troops shot and killed Naw La Pwey, a 37 year old woman, Naw Paw Bo, a 5 year old girl, and Saw Hta Pla Htoo, a 5 month old boy. They also shot and wounded Naw Pah Lah, 26 years old, the mother of the two children. The Burma Army also burned down 9 homes in the village while the rest of the villagers fled.

The surviving mother is now being treated by medics in a hiding place as the Burma Army continues their attacks. Due to the attacks in this area, starting in January, over 3000 people remain displaced.

The report is here. But be warned it contains horribly graphic images.

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Rumours of relocation prompt Karen refugees to flee camp

Prachatai (a Thailand-based news organisation) reports:

After they heard from rangers guarding the Nong Bua temporary shelter that refugees would be relocated to another temporary shelter at Usutha on 8 March, 29 refugee families have fled the shelter.

For over a month, the refugees have waited for the authorities to solve the problem of ‘forced repatriation’.  Rumours from military personnel forced them to flee to other Thai-Karen villages, while some of them went back to Burma in order to sneak back into Thailand at other spots.

There had been 105 families at the Nong Bua shelter, until rumours starting in early March prompted 29 families to move out between 5 and 8 March.

Read more detail here.

“Myanmar” elections

Aung San Suu Kyi, one of 2000+ opposition figures banned from the elections

The elections planned for later this year will ban most serious opposition candidates, including Nobel Peace-prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi. She is only one of over 2,000 such political prisoners Amnesty International counts in the country. Under such rules even if the polling booths do not have armed soldiers to ensure everyone votes “correctly” these elections are a travesty. The full report and some useful links are here: Myanmar opposition must be free to fight elections.