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IntelTrends: Burma Report 28-MAY-2010

May 28, 2010

Five ethnic militias join forces amid junta threat
Mizzima News, 28 May

Five ethnic armed groups have agreed to joint military operations in simultaneous counter-attacks should the junta attack one of the groups, amid continuing pressure on ceasefire groups to bring their armies under the junta’s Border Guard Force banner, a leader said. The deal was reached at a clandestine meeting near the Thai-Burmese border between May 21 and 24 among leaders from five ethnic armed groups: the Kachin Independence Organisation (KIO), the New Mon State Party (NMSP), the Chin National Front (CNF), the Karen National Union (KNU) and Karenni Nationality Progressive Party (KNPP)…

Village headmen fed up with junta-backed parties’ campaign
S.H.A.N., 28 May

Village headmen from a township in Shan State East complained that they are too tired of the junta’s political parties campaigning process because they are not ‘canvassing’ for votes, just ‘forcing’ to get votes, according to sources from the Thai-Burma border. Village headmen in Mongyang Township, 102 km northeast of Shan State East’s capital Kengtung, are reported to have been forced by the local regime backed organizations: the Union Solidarity and Development Association (USDA) and Pyithu Swarn Arr Shin (People Power Owner) to recruit members for both organizations, said a local resident in Mongyang…

Yawdserk: Shan army has hands-off policy on Thai politics
S.H.A.N., 28 May

One of the topics discussed by the Loi Taileng based Shan State Army (SSA) South, 22 – 25 May, was on stories making the rounds inside Thailand that it was actively involved in the 2-month long Thai unrest on the side of the anti-government Red Shirt protesters. The result was another rumor that had raised a wave of concern among the ceasefire groups that are under junta pressure to convert themselves into junta-supervised Border Guard Force (BGFs) that the SSA South had been ordered by the Royal Thai Army to move out of their bases on the Thai-Burma border…

More youths with KIO links arrested and tortured
Kachin, 26 May

As if to press home the point that it means business the Burmese military junta arrested more Kachin youths following a meeting with Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) leaders. The detained are being interrogated in connection with the serial bomb blasts…

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Kachin youth leader Labang Gam Awng freed
Kachin, 27 May

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