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About 500 residents of Bawlakhe township, Kayah State, yesterday protested plans to build a dam on Pwunchaung Stream, as water and soil examination continues.

Transparency and environmental impact are the major concerns for the protestors, who already sent letters to the president and state counsellor with their signatures attached in August.......Read more

 

Staking out their ownership, the 28 farmers set up makeshift tents on the plot in Mandalay Region’s Pyin Oo Lwin township shortly after the Tatmadaw began to try and fence it off.

“The living conditions are not good at the camp but we have no choice because we do not have any place to live. Some are in bad health because it is rainy......Read more

 

Thousands of refugees fled Mong Kung township in Myanmar’s troubled Shan State as fighting broke out between government forces and the Shan State Army-South (SSA-S) over the weekend.

According to a spokesman for the SSA-S, the fighting broke out when Myanmar army units attacked a drug-rehabilitation camp managed by local villagers in an area under their control.......Read more

 

Residents in southern Shan State’s Pai Khun Township on Friday staged two rallies to demand the return of lands seized more than 20 years ago by the Burmese armed forces.

Ko Kyaw Tin Aung, a protester from the nearby town of Moe Pyae, said that a multi-ethnic mix of demonstrators–Kayan (Karenni), Inn and Shan local residents–had turned out at two separate locations in Moe Pyae to voice their demands on the morning of September 23. One rally was held in front of Moe Pyae administration office, while the other took place outside the Burmese army’s Light Infantry Battalion (LIB) 422 base......Read more

 
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