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Ambushes staged by the Shan State Army (SSA) South on Burma Army units on their opium taxing expeditions had resulted in the recent military confrontation between the two, according to a longtime border watcher in Thailand.
It is quite clear that the grievances of the Malay-speaking South has mainly to do with forced-imposed ethnic identity of Thainess on one hand, followed by the unfulfilled rights of self-determination, from the Malay-speaking population’s point of view, on the other.
Lt-Col Tha Tun, one of the most popular officers in the Shan resistance in his days, passed away at 02:00 this morning at his home in Piangluang village, Wiang Haeng district, Chiangmai province.
A villager in Selan sub-township, Muse township, northern Shan State was arrested after he was found carrying a copy of SHAN’s monthly Independence newsletter through the Sino-Burma border checkpoint, according to sources from the border.
A clash between the Burma Army and Shan State Army (SSA-South) took place a few days ago west of Mong Keung -Tonglao area, southern Shan State, according to reliable sources.
Khun Lu aka Lionel Khun Ka, member of the “Shan Government” who died of liver cancer on 12 January, was cremated at Chiangmai’s Wat Paphaeng without much fanfare this afternoon.
The newly formed Shan State Congress’s Executive Committee will hold their first meeting on 30 January on the Thai-Burma border, following the decision made in a three-day conference in December 2008, at Loi Tai Leng, the headquarters of Shan State Army-South (SSA-S), according to Maj Lao Hseng, the spokesperson for the Restoration Council of Shan State (RCSS).
Funeral for Khun Lu aka Lionel Khunka, “Deputy Foreign Minister” for the “Shan Government,” who passed away in Chiangmai on Monday, 12 January, will be held on Thursday, 15 January, according to its “information minister” Suwan Soikhamseng.
Thai authorities have issued the extension of work permits for migrant workers from Burma, Cambodia and Laos to receive one year work-permit to work in Thailand, according to a document received by Chiangmai based Migrant Assistance Program (MAP).
The heart of the problem is on how to change the tyrannical behaviour of the Burmese military clique, which has been calling the shots for more than four and half decades.
Despite a flurry of activities that have been seemingly directed against the Wa, the real objective of the Burma Army’s military preparations could be against the anti-Naypyitaw Shan State Army (SSA) South, according to seasoned border watchers.
With a literacy rate of 3%, access to education for the half million Wa living in the isolated hills of Eastern Shan State is being further hampered by poverty that has doubled with the rigorously enforced 2005 poppy ban by Wa authorities, according to a report by the Chiangmai-based Teacher Training Center for Burmese Teachers (TTBT).
Burma’s foremost exiled educator Dr Thein Lwin received a standing ovation by the participants at the 2-day seminar held in Chiangmai which ended yesterday (11 January).
Glue sniffing has been becoming a new phenomenon among youth in Shan State as to substitute using of other drug, according to several sources.
The funeral for the most Venerable Bhaddanta Aggamahapantita Nyanasambhara, 84, will be held from 15-17 February, at Wat Pitaka, at the historic town of Panglong, southern Shan State, according to local sources.
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