9 Arakanese arrested by MI for complaining to Prime Minister Khin Nyunt
Akyab, August 9: 9 Arakanese people were arrested by Burma Military Intelligence in
According to our correspondent, some of those arrested were U Aung Thaung, former chairman of Sai Tauk village under the
Another participant, U Thein Maung, a clerk from
The local government relief team of the
In addition, the receipts that they were forced to sign stated that they each received 2 rice sacks, 4 cooking pots, and 4 blankets but the relief team only gave each family one rice sick, 2 cooking pots and 2 blankets.
Dissatisfaction over the misappropriation of the government relief fund led 10 people to draft a letter of complaint to Prime Minister General Khin Nyunt. One week later, on 18 July, nine were arrested by military intelligence under the Western Command Brigadier, General Maung Oo and are currently being held without bail in the police station of Pauk Taw.
The government relief team in Arakan is under Brigadier General Maung Oo’s supervision and the team was formed by several organizations of the Burmese military government including the Women's Welfare Association, the Myanmar Red Cross, the Union Solidarity Development Association- or USDA as well as the local township administration.
On 19 May, a cyclone storm hit the Arakan coast, leaving over 1000 dead and damaging the property of many local residents. #
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