Posts Tagged ‘Karen’

Karen Villagers In Myanmar Desperately Want To Go To Thailand To Get Away From FIghting

May 1, 2021

After fighting intensifies between the Myanmar army and Karen fighters, thousands of ethnic Karen villagers are poised to cross into Thailand to rejoin those who have already fled the chaos following the February 1 coup.
The Myanmar army and the Karen rebels have clashed near the Thai border in the weeks since Myanmar’s generals deposed an elected government led by democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi, displacing many villagers on both sides of the border.
The Burmese are threatening to come and shoot us, so we fled to Thailand, Chu Wah, a Karen villager who crossed over from Myanmar to Thailand this week with his family from the Ee Thu Hta displacement camp, told the Reuters news agency.
According to Chu Wah, she had to cross the Salween River, which forms the border in the area.
Karen Peace Support Network says thousands of villagers are taking refuge on the Myanmar side of the Salween river and will flee to Thailand if the fighting escalates.
Over 8,000 Karen along the Salween river will have to flee to Thailand in the coming days. The group said in a Facebook post that it hoped the Thai army would help them escape the war.
Karen fighters on Tuesday morning overran a Myanmar army unit on the west bank of the Salween in an early-morning attack, killing 13 soldiers and three Karen fighters. The Myanmar military responded with air raids near the Thai border.
Thai Foreign Ministry spokesman said 2,267 civilians had crossed into Thailand since the latest clashes began early Friday. Thailand has reinforced its forces and restricted access to the border.
Tanee Sangrat, the ministry spokesman, said two Thai villages near the border have also been displaced, with 220 people seeking refuge in Thai territory for safety.
Security officials won’t let us, we can’t go back to Mae Sam Laep, where the abandoned settlement opposite the Myanmar Army post was attacked this week.
Meanwhile, there have been heavy clashes in the northern part of Myanmar between the government and Kachin fighters.
A Kachin Independence Army spokesman said he did not know the numbers of casualties among government troops, but media reports said there had been heavy casualties.
Naw Bu, the spokesman, said by telephone that there would be casualties on both sides.
Pro-democracy protesters, led by the Karen and Kachin, have taken to the streets in towns and cities across the country to oppose the return of military rule.
A group affiliated with the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners claims the security forces have killed at least 759 protesters since the coup. Reuters is unable to confirm the casualty toll.
The military has acknowledged the deaths of a number of protesters, killed after they initiated violence, it says. Several members of the security forces have also been killed during the protests, it adds.

Karen National Union and The Myanmar Military Are Fighting A Little War Near The Thai Border

April 28, 2021

Karen National Union (KNU) announced on April 27th, 2021 that they had taken control of a military base near the Thai border.
Hours after the announcement, the Myanmar military sent planes to bomb Karen billages in the area.
Early on the morning of April 17th, 2021, the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA), the military wing of the KNU,took over the town known to the Burmese as Hpapun as the base was located there.
The Hpapun base is on the Salwenn River, exactly opposite the Thai village of Mae Sam Laep in the Hong Son province.
When the Karen forces raided, around 7 Myanmar made a run for it, according to the Karen Information Center.
Around early afternoon, the Myanmar army had launched airstrikes in the nearby village of Dagwin, some 10 miles north of Thaw Le Hta.
Padoh Mahn Mahn, the spokesperson for the KNLA, said that the residents are very concerned about the bomings in the village area.
There have been reports of Myanmar airstrikes on the Karen village of Bwa Der.
In addition to being a strategic point in terms of transportation and humanitarian aid delivery, Mae Sam Laep is also a river port from which supplies have been delivered to internally displaced people (IDPs) in KNU-controlled areas.
In response to the fighting at Thaw Le Hta on Tuesday, Thai authorities evacuated hundreds of Thai villagers from Mae Sam Laep and closed the port.
The Salween River along the Thai-Myanmar border had experienced heightened tensions prior to the fighting on April 27th, 2021.
A Thai government official later described the incident as a misunderstanding, since Myanmar troops across the river from another Thai village– Tha Hta Fung– fired warning shots at a civilian boat carrying Thai border patrol officers.
However, another KNLA spokesperson, Saw Kler Doh, told the Karen Information Center that Attacks on Thaw Le Hta on APRIL 27TH, 2021 were a response to regime troops shooting at boats along the Salween River.

Thai Civil Servant Banned From Thai Civil Service Due To Attack on Karen Village

March 29, 2021

Former Kaeng Krachan National Park head Chaiwat Limlikit-aksorn has been barred from the civil service for his role in the burning of a Karen village ten years ago.
The Permanent Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment, Jatuporn Buruspat, recently informed Chaiwat that he will have to resign from his position as Director of Protected Areas Regional Office 9 in Ubon Ratchathani.
The Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission decided that Chaiwat was responsible for burning down Karen villages while they evicted them from the park in 2011.
His career as a civil servant is officially over. Chaiwat can still appeal to the Administration Court or Protection Board.
Since Chaiwat was not officially dismissed, he will be able to collect a pension.
Chaiwat had been implicated in the attack on the Karen village since it occurred. Human rights organizations have condemned the attack since it occurred.
Among the Thai hill tribes, the Karen have their own distinct culture and traditions. They are indigenous to Thailand..

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