Inteltrends: Burma Report 08-OCT-2010
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Gov’t Workers Abandon School, Hospitals in Wa Region
The Irrawaddy, 08 Oct 2010
The United Wa State Army (UWSA), Burma’s largest ethnic armed cease-fire group in northern Shan State, and its ally, the Mong La-based National Democratic Alliance Army (NDAA), are angry over the Burmese government’s withdrawal of around 100 government employees from their region near the Chinese border… Recently, our correspondent visited Panghsang, the capital of the Wa region, and Mong La, where he took photographs of empty schools and hospitals. “I think it’s psychological warfare, in order to make people think that fighting could break out any time,” he said.
Toyota arm pressured out of Burma
DVB, 07 Oct 2010
An affiliate of Japanese motoring giant Toyota has withdrawn its operations in Burma after pressure from U.S.-based socially responsible investment firms… Toyota Tsusho Corp (TTC), had now sold its stake in a joint venture with the Burmese junta. The venture is majority-owned by Suzuki Motor Corp.
Ethnic ceasefire groups form alliance in face of junta threat
Mizzima, 07 Oct 2010
Ethnic ceasefire groups in the north of Burma have agreed to a common strategy in the face of any concerted Burmese Army offensives, according to sources within the groups. The deal comes in the wake of the junta’s third attack against one of the armed militia in Shan State last month. The recent spate of hostilities is a result of the Shan State Army-North (SSA-N) ceasefire group’s continued rejection of the Burmese regime’s Border Guard Force (BGF) proposal, which require them to surrender arms and accept command by junta officers. The United Wa State Army (UWSA) and the National Democratic Alliance Army (NDAA), among other armed ceasefire groups active in the state, have also rejected the BGF initiative.
The junta-backed Yuzana Company’s workers are armed for civil war with KIO
Kachin, 06 Oct 2010
The junta-backed Yuzana Company’s workers in Kachin State, Northern Burma, have been armed and provided with military training in preparation for civil war with the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO), which rejected the junta’s latest order to surrender its weapons, according to sources close to the company. On October 2, the Burmese military provided sixty Chinese-made M-22 assault rifles, copies of the Russian AK-47, to Yuzana plantation workers in the Hugawng Valley (also spelled Hukawng) in western Kachin State, according to workers.
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