Inteltrends: Burma Report 26-NOV-2010
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Burma blocks Wa army-linked airline
DVB, 26 Nov 2010
An airline linked to Burma’s largest ceasefire group and once the world’s biggest producer of opium has had its license revoked by the ruling junta. Yangon Airways will be forced to temporarily suspend its operations from 3 December, it said today, after aviation officials refused to renew its Aircraft Operating Certificate (AOC). The company is owned by Aik Hauk, the son-in-law of Bao Youxiang (Pau Yu Chang), who leads the 30,000-strong United Wa State Army (UWSA).
Border residents’ mobile phones seized by junta
S.H.A.N., 26 Nov 2010
Nearly a hundred Thai mobile phones of local residents from Mongton township, opposite Chiangmai’s Chiangdao district, have been seized by local authorities in almost a two-weeklong crackdown, sources from the border said… Reasons for the seizure were not clear and the authorities have not bothered to explain, according to the sources. However, most people commented that one of the reasons could be due to several media reports coming out from the area the past few months. “During these days, lots of news stories over rights abuses from the area were aired and reported by the exiled media,” another source said.
Suu Kyi Misquoted by New York Times: NLD
The Irrawaddy, 26 Nov 2010
Burma’s main opposition party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), said that a recent article by The New York Times misrepresented the views of party leader Aung San Suu Kyi when it said she disagreed with her supporters over efforts to bring the country’s ruling generals to justice. NLD spokesperson Nyan Win, who is also Suu Kyi’s lawyer, said that the newspaper’s claim that “She said she did not endorse moves among her supporters overseas to try to bring the junta leaders into international court for crimes against humanity” was “completely incorrect.”
Junta bans border trade with KIA after troops suffer casualties
Kachin, 25 Nov 2010
The Burmese junta has banned all cross border trade between China and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), in Kachin State, Northern Burma, after Burmese troops suffered casualties caused by KIA mines on November 22. The ban was imposed today at 6 a.m. local time, by order of Burmese military leaders in Naypyitaw.
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