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Burma army moves in to enforce eviction order at Myitsone
March 19, 2012
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On March 17 five Burma army trucks and various government vehicles entered Tanghpre
village at the Irrawaddy Myitsone dam site in an apparent attempt to enforce an eviction
order and intimidate people to move out from the village.
Despite being ordered to move out repeatedly, some villagers have remained at the site and
others have tried to return home. New eviction orders gave a March 17 deadline.
A new signboard has also been posted on the grounds of the destroyed high school in
Tanghpre. The sign states “Government Land, Stay Out.”
The forced relocation process is crucial to the seven mega-dams project on the Irrawaddy and
its two main tributaries in Kachin State that will submerge an area the size of Singapore and
displace over 15,000 people. Tanghpre is located directly at the Myitsone and the 1,075
villagers there have been resisting relocation since 2009.
The Army moved into Tanghpre on Saturday despite appeal letters by the villagers and the 88
Generation to the Kachin State Chief Minister and Burma’s President to allow residents to
stay in their homes.
On September 30 last year, President Thein Sein announced that the Myitsone dam project
would be suspended for the length of his term. Since then, however, villagers that were
relocated have not been allowed to return home.
“Villagers at the Myitsone are at the frontline of resistance to the Irrawaddy dams. This new
assault on them is an assault on everyone relying on the river” said Tsa Ji, a spokesperson for
the Kachin Development Networking Group.
Contact: Tsa Ji +66 884154386
Army trucks move into Tanghpre village on March 17, 2012
Five military trucks and other vehicles in Tanghpre on March 17, 2012
New sign posted on the grounds of the destroyed high school in Tanghpre says “Government
Land, Stay Out”
Photos by KDNG