The road project, which links a Tatmadaw camp with the Salween River, threatens the safety of nearby IDPs and supports access to the area of the contentious Mong Ton Dam project.
Some 10,000 locals walking down the main road of Namhkam Township demanding the release of Nang Mo Hom, who was abducted by the TNLA last month.
The TNLA last month took a Shan civilian away at gunpoint and put her on trial for obstructing troops. The govt and civil society groups call for her immediate release.
If the group really seeks a Ta’ang state it needs to talk peace, Shan leader says.
Tensions have been ongoing between the two sides, with no resolution in sight.
The fighting has displaced hundreds of villagers in Namtu Township, where two ethnic armed groups accuse a third of encroaching on their territory.
Military tensions in Namtu Township have been running high since last year with displaced locals bearing the brunt of regular clashes.
The NSCN-K says the Myanmar military has refused to let the ethnic armed group's ailing chairman leave the Hukwang Valley in Sagaing Region for a cooler climate in the mountains.
Peace Commission’s ambitious ‘Business for Peace’ initiative calls for armed ethnic groups to establish public companies
Local lawmakers said nearly half the 1,500 villagers displaced by fighting in Namtu Township on Monday were back home or on their way.
The Irrawaddy offers readers a collection of its stories on the five-day conference, which wrapped up in Naypyitaw on Monday.
The military chief visited the UWSA officials in the hospital on Friday.
Mongla Group supports peace, but the path to that goal is not the same for all groups, general secretary U Kyi Myint says.
Some 451 IDPs sheltering at a Buddhist monastery as fighting enters third day.
Operation follows warning to leave new bases; RCSS leaders deny moving into new areas.