Around 800 locals demonstrate against CNPC Company; at least 11 demonstrators are going to be charged
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- Published on Saturday, 27 April 2013 08:59
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Demonstration against China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) will go on until demands are met said a senior member of the Maday Island Local Development Committee, after eight hundred locals demonstrated against CNPC on 18th April between 1:45 and 3:30pm.
The president of the local development committee- U Htwan Kray said that, “even though our committee isn’t directly involved in the demonstrations, we are helping the villagers understand the most effective and systemic method of campaigning for their rights.”
Although locals approached Kyaukphryu Township authority and requested the permission to demonstrate on nine separate occasions, between 14th December 2012 and 29th March 2013, all of these were rejected. However, after an appeal on the 5th April, a demonstration did take place.
Reporting on the demonstration that took place on April 18th, U Htwan Kray said, “At 12:00 pm, locals talked at the monastery, and then proceeded to march to the CNPC office at 1:45 pm. There were around five hundred people at the beginning of demonstration, but this quickly grew to eight hundred. Demonstrators were heard shouting, ‘we don’t need CNPC; we won’t give our lands to Chinese prospers’. They reached the CNPC office at 3:00 pm and continued their demonstration for another thirty minutes”.
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- Published on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 10:28
- Written by Moe Zaw
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On 23rd January, fourteen people were killed and thirty-three people were injured in a car accident on the Arakan Roma range, commented a spoke person from Aung Thait Sar Bus Gate.
The accident happened about 30 miles from Taungup Township at about 3:20am. It was reported that while the bus was driving to Taungup from Rangoon, the driver lost control of the brakes and went down into the precipice. The owner of the bus company has taken full responsibility for the accident.
The injured and deceased were taken to the hospital in Taungup. Among those dead are the driver and his assistant. A list of the deceased passengers was released to the public yesterday. Both local organizations and the government are helping with the funeral arrangements.
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- Published on Monday, 14 January 2013 20:30
- Written by Soe Marm
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The Arakan National Workshop that was representative of organizations from Arakan politics, revolution and scholars, from both inside and outside Burma, was held for four days, from January 11th to January 14th. Collectively, six common agreements were made.
The six common agreements declared by the Arakan National Workshop were:
1) To become self-determined by implementing solidarity with others Arakanese organizations.
2) To continue building on Arakanese National Identity and Unity by forming a service committee of Arakanese organizations.
3) To implement lawful actions regarding the investigation of citizenship (according with 1982 citizenship law), which states that the Bengalis entered into Arakan illegally.
4) Agree on the decisions, objections, and proposals from Rathaydaung public meeting which was held on 25th and 26th September 2012. Likewise, agreed with the declaration affirmed on December 16th, 2012 at Toungup Arakan Civic Network’s 18 townships conference.
5) Strongly demand that the government takes lawful action regarding Arakanese who have been killed, threatened and assaulted inside and outside of Burma.
6) Urge the Burmese government to halt its heavy combat on the Kachin Independent Army, and to find a democratic resolution.
“The aim of holding the workshop was to find the solution for National conflict. We as Arakanese have to create unity and work together. We have to build on our understanding and our beliefs, which we will implement in reality.” Colonel Htwan Mrat Naing.
“Our Arakanese people are threatened and assaulted daily, either inside or outside Burma. They have also been killed violently. For instance, many Arakanese have been killed in Malaysia. Similarly, people from domestic regions, such as Mrauk-U, Pauktaw and other areas have also been killed and attacked. In such a situation, it is unsafe for Arakanese people to live and work in Arakan. This is an unsafe situation because of the government needs to take lawful action. The committee will demand that the Malaysian government takes responsibility for the killing of Arakanese people in their country. Honestly, we have to face this kind of unstable situation due to the lack of sovereign power. So every Arakanese person has their opportunity to become self-determined. To achieve this, every Arakanese organization needs to create unity and work together.” Daw Saw Mra Razar Lurnn (explained the behalf of the committee)
“How shall we solve the problems that have unexpectedly occurred such as Bengali-Arakan unrest, land confiscation, and people’s denial of the benefits of their own natural resources? These problems have been hidden before, but they are disclosed now. They can’t be solved by a political party or a civic organization; they will only be resolved when all Arakanese people can cooperate together.” U Hla Saw (Rakhine Nationalities Development Party).
The Arakantimes reported that The Arakan National workshop is very important in Arakan history, and the outcomes of it have made all those involved very happy. Representative from all the Arakanese organizations from both outside and inside Burma attended the talk, which will benefit the people of Arakan because Arakanese organizations have asunder been trying to regain sovereign power since the Kingdom’s downfall. Before the workshop, Arakanese organizations didn’t have common aims, but by working together, they have now been able to successfully create six common agreements. This will be the first step to unification for the people’s benefits.
Representatives of Arakanese organizations that attended the workshop were: Arakan Libration Party (ALP); Arakan Army (AA); Rakhine Nationalities Development Party (RNDP); Democratic Party of Arakan (DPA); National United Party of Arakan (NUPA); Rakhine Women Union (RWU); Arakan Human Rights and Development Organisation (AHRDO); Arakan National Network (ANN); Arakan Singa Union (ASU); Rakhine Development Foundation (RDF); Wanlark Rural Development Foundation (WRDF); Arakan Women Network (AWN), and other Arakanese organizations and individuals.
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- Published on Wednesday, 02 January 2013 20:43
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Mrauk-U Authorities neglect locals’ report about betel fields being destroyed by Bengalis mob on a mountain nearby Wathay Quarter, Alay-zi group, Mrauk-U Township, at 11pm on 2nd January 2013.
“We reported to the police station and No. 540 battalion in Mrauk-U, so lawful action could be taken regarding the destroyed betel fields, but authorities haven’t done anything. They came with us to the smashed fields and asked us many questions. Then they went back without doing anything,” said an owner.
A total of three quarters of the betel fields have now been completely destroyed during two unprovoked attacks by Bengalis, who came from Pound-doke village, seven miles away far from Mrauk-U townhip.
“When our five betel owners patrolled the fields at about 11 P.M on 2nd January we saw a group of around forty Bengalis demolishing them. When they saw us they attempted to kill us. They shot us by using catapults and arrows, so we fled for our lives. Some of the owners were injured.” A victim said.
It has been reported that Bengalis are not only destroying betel fields, but also cucumber, calabash, corn and bean fields, which local authorities have not taken any legal action over.
Critics say, “It will be like a creation of conflict between Bengali and Arakanese, if local authorities continue to ignore local Arakanese’s demand to solve the problem lawfully.”