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IntelTrends: Burma Report 14-MAY-2010

May 14, 2010

Shan army told to withdraw its forces by Naypyitaw
S.H.A.N., 14 May

The strongest faction of the Shan State Army (SSA) ‘North’, the First Brigade, which is still refusing to become Naypyitaw-controlled home guard force, has been ordered to withdraw all of its forces taking positions near motorways and the Burma Army outposts, according to sources from the First Brigade. The First Brigade has been preparing its forces, supplies and weapons to defend itself against possible offensive by the Burma Army since the end of April when two of its sister brigades: 3rd and 7th consented to transform as a Naypyitaw-run home guard force.

Regional Commander inspects bases facing Wa, Shan armies
S.H.A.N., 13 May

Ruling military junta officials have been inspecting bases in areas facing the United Wa State Army (UWSA) and the Shan State Army (SSA) ‘North’ forces and reinforcing more troops and weapons during this week. The Northeastern Region Command Commander, Maj-Gen Aung Than Htut, on 11 May, reportedly made an inspection around battalions in Mongkao, Shan State North’s Tangyan township, facing the SSA North’s Brigade No.1, the faction that is refusing to convert itself into junta controlled home guard force.

Junta Rejects International Election Observers
The Irrawaddy, 12 May

The Burmese government has rejected the role of international election observers in the upcoming election this year, according to state-run newspapers.

Bombing Photographer Accused of Contacting ‘Unlawful Associations’
The Irrawaddy, 11 May

Rangoon authorities will reportedly charge photographer Sithu Zeya, who was arrested after taking photographs of the April 15 water festival bombings, with violating the 1957 Unlawful Associations Act for contacts he made with illegal organizations, according to his family. Sithu Zeya was arrested on April 15 and sent to Insein prison after photographing the aftermath of the bomb blasts that shook the traditional New Year’s water festival in Rangoon, killing eight people and injuring 170.

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