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NLD Abandons Rally Plans After Attack on Members in Kachin State

The NLD was forced to abandon a planned campaign rally in Kachin State’s Chipwi after its members were attacked by over two dozen men on Monday.


Burma’s main opposition party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), was forced to abandon a planned campaign rally in Kachin State’s Chipwi after its members were attacked by over two dozen men on Monday.

According to local party members, around 30 men, some wearing headbands emblazoned with the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) logo, stormed the shared sleeping quarters of a group of NLD members and candidates on Monday evening.

“They were armed and smashed everything, the projectors, the [amplifiers] and motorbikes. They even hit the faces of NLD candidates and members,” said Kyaw Oo, an NLD candidate running in Kachin-5, an Upper House constituency which includes Chipwi Township.

According to the party, up to 20 members sustained minor injuries and electrical equipment worth an estimated 3,000,000 kyat (US$2,335) was destroyed.

“They even threatened to shoot us if we didn’t leave,” said Kyaw Oo. “So we had to leave the area immediately and the planned campaign rally was brought to an end.”

The party members also said some of the attackers wore headbands printed with pictures of Manaw poles, the long wooden poles traditionally decorated with ethnic Kachin designs.

The cancelled political rally was planned for Tuesday in Kanhphan village, Chipwi Township. Kyaw Oo said the party had informed its headquarters in Rangoon and planned to file a lawsuit against the offenders.

Party supporters claimed the attackers were tied to a pro-government militia, the New Democratic Army-Kachin (NDAK), that is active in several townships along the Sino-Burma border, including Chipwi.

The armed group’s leader, Zakhung Ting Ying, a sitting MP who is running for re-election in Upper House constituency Kachin-5, issued a letter last month ordering the NLD not to campaign in up to 13 races across four townships in the northern state.

Following a formal complaint from the NLD, the state’s election sub-commission intervened to allow the opposition party’s candidates to campaign in the area that has long been Zakhung Ting Ying’s personal fiefdom.

“It will be our second time [leaving the area], as we were there in September when Zakhung Ting Ying issued the order. We have come back in vain,” Kyaw Oo said.

The militia leader’s mobile phone was switched off when The Irrawaddy attempted to contact him on Tuesday.

The NLD has faced a variety of disruptions since campaigning for the Nov. 8 poll officially began in September, including other cases of election-related violence and intimidation, vandalism of party billboards and administrative prohibitions blocking the party’s access to venues.

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David

I want to talk about NLD candidate running in Chiphway. His name is Kyaw Kyaw Oo but not Kyaw Oo. He has bad appearance and Indian looking face. He is notorious for his blunt talking manner. Even the NLD members dont like him and are not happy with nominating him as candidate. But because of senior NLD officials’s support, he was selected. Many people in Myitkyina do not like his mindset. Especially ethbic Kachin and Shan people do not like his arrogance. They said he is just an activist and former prisoner and also a strong Bamar nationalist. He is reported to look down upon ethnic minorities. He is not a sensible person.

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Maung Myochitthu

“He has bad appearance and Indian looking face.” “They said he is just an activist and former prisoner and also a strong Bamar nationalist.”
Are these two statements compatible with each other? 🙂

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Howard Kyi

It has been since the days that , the late strongman : General Ne Win and his staffs at the military ranks and files had been distorting the images of the coutry by , forcing people to gave up their businessess , with the executive order of taken over all the independent businessess , the schools , the banking systems , and the rest is history . It has been more than five decades past and the successive military generals has been mistreating their own people in various parts of the country with their ” Private Armies : The Thatmadaw ” , acting as if they were one of the most notorious gangs in the world after the North Korean : crazy , Kim Jong Ill . The stealing of the national treasuries by putting all the key sectors of the ministry under the military control and effectively acted as they are owned by the militray enterprises as , modeled after their big brother , the People’s Republic of China’s , PLA , the people’s liberation army as they have the same model of putting into their national ministries under the military control and doctrine .
The Burmese Military Generals has no ” Intention of relinquishing their hold on to the power and will never return it to the citizens of Burma , including all the ethnicties around the country as , they are still using with the same tactics , of intimidation , harrassing , destroying farmers properties , forced occupation of farmer’s plantation lands ,and fields , animals stocks , and so forth . Even , to this day , they are using their own soldies to commit rapes , raping of the young school girls , preganant women and later , shot them and taken away to dispose of their bodies . I am asking the International communities , the humanrights advocacy groups , and the Admnesty International as well as the WCC , which stands for : the world criminal court to investigate the Burmese Military Generals and their orders to their soldies to continue with their way of using this kind of inhumane methods to control their countryman has to completely stop . Put each and every persons related for their crimes committed to their fellow citizens of Burma , on trial .

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Howard Kyi

October 15th, 2015

It has been since the days that , the late strongman : General Ne Win and his staffs at the military ranks and files had been distorting the images of the coutry by , forcing people to gave up their businessess , with the executive order of taken over all the independent businessess , the schools , the banking systems , and the rest is history . It has been more than five decades past and the successive military generals has been mistreating their own people in various parts of the country with their ” Private Armies : The Thatmadaw ” , acting as if they were one of the most notorious gangs in the world after the North Korean : crazy , Kim Jong Ill . The stealing of the national treasuries by putting all the key sectors of the ministry under the military control and effectively acted as they are owned by the militray enterprises as , modeled after their big brother , the People’s Republic of China’s , PLA , the people’s liberation army as they have the same model of putting into their national ministries under the military control and doctrine .
The Burmese Military Generals has no ” Intention of relinquishing their hold on to the power and will never return it to the citizens of Burma , including all the ethnicties around the country as , they are still using with the same tactics , of intimidation , harrassing , destroying farmers properties , forced occupation of farmer’s plantation lands ,and fields , animals stocks , and so forth . Even , to this day , they are using their own soldies to commit rapes , raping of the young school girls , preganant women and later , shot them and taken away to dispose of their bodies . I am asking the International communities , the humanrights advocacy groups , and the Admnesty International as well as the WCC , which stands for : the world criminal court to investigate the Burmese Military Generals and their orders to their soldies to continue with their way of using this kind of inhumane methods to control their countryman has to completely stop . Put each and every persons related for their crimes committed to their fellow citizens of Burma , on trial .

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Maung Myochitthu

“The stealing of the national treasuries by putting all the key sectors of the ministry under the military control and effectively acted as they are owned by the militray enterprises as , modeled after their big brother , the People’s Republic of China’s , PLA , the people’s liberation army as they have the same model of putting into their national ministries under the military control and doctrine .”
THIS IS factually correct. But it offers no explanation or evaluation of the smae model practised in two different countries.
THE BIG QUESTION: why is China so successful and has emerged as a world power?
1. China does not suffer the colonial legacy of Panglong: divide-and-rule during the colonial era and disintegration once they left; that in fact was the design.
2. The Communicst party is the founder of modern China; it was with the people, for the people and by the people; the party enjoys the trust of the people, unlike the BSPP of Burma. ( please study this:history for 15-year-old pupils. http://gcsehistory.org.uk/modernworld/maos_china/longmarch_success.htm; doubtful if Burmese leaders understand this.)
3. China has critical mass of intelligent human resources to get the economy right.
4. China is science and technology that Burma does not have.

Regardless of the outcome of the elections, Burma cannot progress for lack of skills. it is very sad that our people are being misled by Suu Kyi; they think that NLD government can bring peace and prosperity. Not at all. The necessary ingredients are not there.

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