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FORCED RELOCATION IN KYA-IN-SEIK-KY
- Subject: FORCED RELOCATION IN KYA-IN-SEIK-KY
- From: burma@xxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Tue, 07 Oct 1997 09:12:00
FORCED RELOCATION IN KYA-IN-SEIK-KYI TOWNSHIP OF KAREN STATE
People Defence Force (PDF)
Date: October 7, 1997
On 22-9-97, Major Zaw Lin Tun from LIB (354) summoned the headmen from 11 Mon villages and 11 Karen villages in Kya-in-seik-kyi and Win-yay township to Wae-thar-li village and ordered that the villages had to be relocated before 15th of October. He also reminded that the persons who did not comply with the order would be regarded as rebels and eliminated.
These 11 Mon villages mentioned above are under the joint administration of NMSP and KNU. In this case, these villages were ordered to relocate in Taung-pauk and Wae-thar-li villages.
Since the beginning of August, KNU troops have been undergoing guerilla warfare against SLORC troops claiming casualty of more than 30 SLORC soldiers dead. The main aim of this forced relocation is to stop this KNU attacks by applying usual 4-cut policy to the local population.
At the meeting, the headmen requested to the commander to allow them to stay at the villages until they had reaped the paddy which was nearly due for harvesting. But it was turned down by the major saying that he had to follow order. So, many acres of paddy will be lost.
It was learnt that the NMSP officials were trying to meet and persuade SLORC officials to stop this relocation.
Local people were angry about this order and it made many Karen to join KNU.
The villages ordered to relocate were as follows:
2) Wae-thar-li (West)
9) A-yoe-ka-lain (AKA)Ka-yu-ka-lain