Burmese American Ex-Dissident Deported by Magwe Authorities

Maung Maung Wang, a former community leader in Yenan Chaung town during the 1988 uprising, was deported on Tuesday for violating his visa conditions. (Photo: Maung Maung Wang / Facebook)

Maung Maung Wang, a former community leader in Yenan Chaung town during the 1988 uprising, was deported on Tuesday for violating his visa conditions. (Photo: Maung Maung Wang / Facebook)

A former Burmese dissident with an American passport said on Tuesday that he was being deported by Magwe Division authorities because he violated his visa conditions by teaching English in Yenan Chaung town.

“[Magwe Immigration Department] told me that with my visa I could not do any education project, and they took me to the airport for deportation,” Maung Maung Wang told The Irrawaddy from Rangoon airport shortly before his deportation.

He added that he had been on a social visa, which allows former Burmese citizens to stay in country for one month in order to visit friends or relatives.

Information Minister and government spokesman Ye Htut said in emailed response that Maung Maung Wang was not being deported because of his teaching activities. “I learned from immigration [authorities] about his case, and that his visa expired on Aug 2. This is why the immigration deported him,” he wrote.

Maung Maung Wang said he had been treated unfairly as he should be allowed to provide free teaching and to overstay his visa term for a few days. He said he felt he was being harassed because of his past political activities, adding that as soon as he began his English lessons early last month Yenan Chaung Township authorities had warned him to stop.

Maung Maung Wang was a community leader in Magwe Division’s Yenan Chaung town during the 1988 uprising, which saw protests erupt in numerous towns and cities across Burma. He fled to the Thai-Burma border following the military’s brutal crackdown and lived in a refugee camp, before being accepted for resettlement in the United States in 2008.

“I used to be in politics as an activist during the 88 uprising, but now I feel like I would rather focus on education instead,” he said. “It is very sad. I came from America to help our people for education but they did not let me do it,” he said. “They used their own laws and repress people like me, who they do not like.”

Burma does not allow dual citizenship and many dissidents that fled during decades of repression were forced to seek citizenship in other countries. They are required to obtain visa to return and stay or work in the country.

2 Responses to Burmese American Ex-Dissident Deported by Magwe Authorities

  1. Instead of allowing people who know, Thein Sein is going to teach our children how to dance Oo Ta Lone Nae Shwe Yoe. It’s what he can do best to entertain Than Shwe and Kyaing Kyaing.

  2. Maung Lu Aye ( Law ) R.A.S.U.1976

    Such a Brave person like Maung Maung Wang are Countless in Burma & Abroad. Not that they don’t love Country and stay in USA . They love their Country so much and they know that for the Sake of the Education for the People, he visit Burma and Taught English.
    Still Shameless & Hypocrite Quasi-Govt has No Rights to Kick-off the Patriot.Military Infested Thein Sein’s Govt Has No legitimate Power to Govern Burma.This so called Govt is the Same Copy-Cat like Aphay Gyi Ne Win,Aphay Lay Saw Maung, Khin Nyunt & Than Shwe Dictatorial Path. Late Ne Win used Barrister of law Dr Maung Maung to write the 1974 Burma Constitution & Used Maung Chit Hlaing to write the Burmese Way to Socialism( Actually Ne Winism )for his Sake or Selfishness.
    Now ,Thein Sein’s Govt/Burma Military is a big Bully Like Vladimir Putin who started to build fire in Ukraine and Shot down the Malaysian Jet & Killed Innocent Passengers.
    These People are committing Crimes against Humanity & their Crimes are Unpunished yet. Recently International Justice Tribunal sentenced 2 Notorious Mass Massacre( 1/4 of Cambodia Population ) Killer Khyue San Pham & other one in Cambodia to life in Prison.
    Let’s wait for Some Burmese General of their Crimes from the International tribunal. Nowhere to hide.

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