Inteltrends: Burma Report 02-NOV-2010
Compiled by Inteltrends.
Forced voting for junta party taking place in Shan State North
S.H.A.N., 02 Nov 2010
Township election commission in Northern Shan State’s Hsenwi township were reportedly forcing villagers to cast votes for the junta-backed party, the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) in their advance voting exercise, according to local sources. “We were instructed by our own ward headman to give vote for USDP. We could not do anything else because it was not us that marked on the ballot paper,” a voter who was present there said. “A member of governmental department did it on behalf of us. We just had to take the marked ballots and put into the ballot boxes.”
Junta party, election officials coerce votes in advance
Mizzima, 02 Nov 2010
As the junta’s electoral watchdog collects absentee votes, members of the party the regime is backing in national elections on Sunday are visiting homes in some Rangoon townships to coerce people to vote for them in advance, according to residents. Meanwhile, in the eastern coastal town of Kawthaung, fishermen are being forced to vote for either the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) or the junta-supported National Unity Party (NUP), before they can head out to sea.
USDP Repairs Main Mosque for Muslim Votes
Narinjara, 02 Nov 2010
The Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), the proxy political party of the Burmese military regime, yesterday started repair work on the Myoma Mosque in Maungdaw in western Burma’s Arakan State. This is the first time the military authority has ever permitted repairs to the old mosque after an 11-year prohibition on building new mosques, or repairing or expanding old mosques in Maungdaw District.
‘External attack’ crippled Burma’s internet
DVB, 02 Nov 2010
Burmese state media has said that an external cyber attack has been launched at its main server, days after critics of the junta blamed it for deliberately sabotaging communications.
Burma’s Ethnic Minorities Prepare for War
The Irrawaddy, 02 Nov 2010
CHIANG MAI, Thailand (AP) – As military-ruled Burma prepares for its first election in two decades, some of its powerful ethnic minority groups are preparing for war.
Factionalism Within the USDP
The Irrawaddy, 01 Nov 2010
Despite its monolithic appearance, the junta-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) is reportedly plagued by internal factionalism that belies its self-promoted image of unity. USDP sources say four factions have formed within the party, grouped around three ex-generals Shwe Mann, Tin Aung Myint Oo and Htay Oo, and Aung Thaung.
Karenni troops launch attack on Burmese Army outpost
Mizzima, 29 Oct 2010
Karenni troops launched a full armed assault on a Burmese Army outpost in Loikaw Township, Karenni State last week, according to a report on a Karenni party website. Four junta troops and one Karenni were killed. An outpost of the 247 Infantry Battalion of the Burmese Army, based at Daw Tamugyi village, was raided at dawn on October 16 by Karenni troops. The outpost of the 247 Infantry Battalion of the Burmese Army based at Daw Tamugyi village was raided on October 16 in a surprise dawn attack by Karenni troops led by Captain Phe Bu.
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