Inteltrends: Burma Report 14-JAN-2011
Burma Army to set up more battalions on the Thai-Burma border
The Burma Army is reportedly going to set up a new town and 3 more battalions in Shan State East’s Mongton Township bordering with Thailand’s Chiangmai province, where the United Wa State Army (UWSA) and the Shan State Army (SSA) ‘South’ are active, according to local sources.
Burmese Bank Rumored on Verge of Bankruptcy
The Irrawaddy, 14.Jan.2011
Cooperative Bank, Burma’s second-largest privately owned financial institution, is fighting for its survival as depositors rush to withdraw their savings amid rumors that the bank’s owner is involved in a business dispute with a crony of one of the ruling regime’s most powerful generals. According to Rangoon-based business sources, the bank’s reserves have dwindled to almost nothing, and its chairman, Khin Maung Aye, is struggling to secure credit from other banks to stay afloat.
Security Tightened in Search for Militants, Dissidents
The Irrawaddy, 14.Jan.2011
The Burmese authorities have tightened security at border checkpoints and increased nighttime screening of households in the former capital Rangoon in an attempt to track down dissidents and militant anti-government activists. At least 10 police checkpoints have been set up on the road from the restive border town of Myawaddy in Karen State to the country’s largest city, Rangoon. Sources said that at no less than four of these checkpoints, passengers were ordered off buses, searched and questioned by a combined force of police, military intelligence and immigration officials.
Junta stops rice supply to Kachin Army, civilians in Shan areas
The Burmese military junta has banned supply of rice and salt to the Kachin Army and two townships in the country’s Northern Shan State, affecting tens of thousands of civilians in the region, sources said. The junta’s game plan by cutting of rations is twofold. It wants to starve the KIA’s 4th Brigade based in Loikang and at the same time hurt the people of two townships – Mong Si and Manje. The regime wants unrest among the people and to turn them against the KIA for an easy onslaught by the Burmese Army when the time comes.
Many Battalions Based in Arakan March to Fight on Eastern Border
Many battalions based in the western border state of Arakan have been dispatched by military authorities to wage battle with ethnic rebels on the Thai-Burma border since the first week of this month, report witnesses and local sources. Light Infantry Battalions 377, 378, and 540 based in Kyauk Taw on the upper Kaladan River, LIB 539 and LIB 535 based in Mrauk U, the ancient city of Arakan, LIB 545 from Ponna Kyunt and LIB 252 from Sittwe began marching to the eastern border from their bases on 7 January.
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