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Thai-Burma border closure ordered

October 28, 2010

The following article is reprinted with permission from Shan Herald Agency for News (S.H.A.N.), Thailand.

Thai-Burma border closure ordered
©  S.H.A.N.
October 28, 2010

Thailand’s Third Regional Army that oversees security along the Thai-Burma border has imposed stricter restrictions on its temporary border checkpoints following a report yesterday that a number of people had been detained on charges of planning to blow up the Rangoon International Airport and other public buildings in Rangoon, Mandalay and Naypyitaw.

The suspects are being accused of having connections to the border-based anti-Naypyitaw armed movements: All Burma Students Democratic Front (ABSDF) and Karen National Union (KNU).

According to the Third Army’s directive, the restrictions will remain in force until 14 November, a week after the planned elections in Burma.

Other prominent armed opposition movements based on the Thai-Burma include New Mon State Party (NMSP), Karenni National Progress Party (KNPP), Shan State Army (SSA) South and the United Wa State Army (UWSA). All have declared that the election is a farce.

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