Villagers Started Deadly Clash: Burma State Media

Burma’s government newspaper The New Light of Myanmar accuses villagers in the Irrawaddy Delta’s Maubin Township of starting a clash that killed one policeman and injured dozens of officers and villagers. Hundreds of farmers gathered in Palaung village to reclaim land that was seized by the former military regime in 1996. The paper’s Burmese version Thursday claims protestors then refused to follow a curfew order. “About 150 people, who held sticks, knifes, arrived back in the area. Police and security forces who are already took control of the area deterred them, but they did not listen and clashed with police,” the paper wrote. “Because of this, two officials and other 28 security forces were injured.”

One Response to Villagers Started Deadly Clash: Burma State Media

  1. Elite collaboration and cooptation with no tangible results for the vast majority will bring on more of the same. You must never underestimate the stuff the village Burmese are made of. Remember Saya San? Top down measures that benefit to some extent even the middle class in the cities if they are lucky will hardly pacify the peasant stock that makes up the army. These people are no ethnic minority. Think about it. It isn’t rocket science.

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