Inteltrends: Burma Report 13-JUL-2010
Compiled by Inteltrends.
Kokang rebels produce drugs in Asia World Company dam sites
Kachin, 14 Jul 2010
In a new revelation Kokang rebels sheltered in China’s southwest Yunnan province are allegedly into illegal amphetamine production in the dam construction sites of Burma-Asia World Company in Kachin State, in northern Burma. This was revealed by sources close to the rebels. The amphetamines, also called Yama tablets are being produced in the dam construction sites jointly operated by ASW and the Chinese state-owned China Power Investment Corporation (CPI) in Kachin State, since last year, added the sources.
Murder charge for ‘Rangoon bomber’
DVB, 13 Jul 2010
The man accused of being behind a series of grenade attacks in Rangoon in April this year has been charged with murder. Phyo Wei Aung’s wife, Htay Htay, said that the 31-year-old was being kept in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day in Rangoon’s notorious Insein prison. Nine people died and nearly 200 were injured by the bombings on 15 April, which targeted crowds celebrating the annual water festival.
Junta Forms Missile Force to Guard Against External Threats
The Irrawaddy, 13 Jul 2010
The Burmese military junta has formed a strategic missile force that works with North Korean suppliers and reports directly to Vice Snr-Gen Maung Aye, the commander-in-chief of the army, according to military sources who leaked the classified information to The Irrawaddy.
Burma Closes Cross-border Bridge at Mae Sot
The Irrawaddy, 13 Jul 2010
A major Thailand-Burma trading post will remain closed until at least Tuesday and Burmese officials will not allow any goods in or out of the country, apparently in protest over Thailand’s construction of a river bank erosion project on the Moei River. Officials said they have no information on when the bridge would re-open for trade. The closure seriously affects businesses on both sides of the river.
Burma’s ethnic ceasefire group denies supporting Thai red shirts
S.H.A.N., 13 Jul 2010
Sources from the Sino-Burma border based National Democratic Alliance Army (NDAA) aka Mongla group have brushed off allegations that it had offered military support and training to the Thai Red-Shirts following the recent protests which ended in May. The Mongla group, based in eastern Shan State on the Sino-Burma border, has denied playing any part in Thailand’s internal affairs. The group maintains that its own agenda focuses only on their continued resistance against joining the Burmese junta’s Border Guard Force program, and their ongoing commitment to maintaining stability in the region. It claimed it was not in their interests to involve themselves in the political affairs of another country.
Senior SSA officer responds to criticism over joining junta-run BGF
S.H.A.N., 12 Jul 2010
A senior officer from Shan State Army (SSA) ‘North’ responded to criticism from National Democratic Alliance Army (NDAA) and United Wa State Army (UWSA), as well as people within the Shan State Army, of its decision to join the junta run Border Guard Force (BGF), according to sources on the Sino-Burma border. Two of the three brigades, #3 and #7, which make up the SSA-N, consented to be controlled by the Burmese military in April this year. The remaining Brigade No.1 continues to resist pressure from brigades #3 and #7, as well as the Burmese military, to join the BGF.
Northern battalion arms depot explodes, panicking villagers
Mizzima, 10 Jul 2010
Massive blasts from shells exploding at an army ordnance depot in Kachin State late last month shattered windows in homes nearby and panicked villagers near Hopin on a northern railway, residents said. It was unknown what set off the shells for 81mm and 60mm mortars and rocket-propelled grenades at the Infantry Battalion 389 ammunition store on June 30, creating panic among villagers of Ywathitgyi two furlongs yards (400 metres) away from the base, and Nongcho village, just across the road.
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