September 25, 2017

SSA splinter group forcibly conscripts, extorts locals

Senior military officers of Triangle Command hand over aid to villagers. Photo: Myawady
Senior military officers of Triangle Command hand over aid to villagers. Photo: Myawady

THE Ywet Sid splinter group of the Shan State Army is forcibly conscripting and extorting locals, forcing families from Namngin and Wanmaikonhsa villages in Tarkaw village-tract to leave their homes on 29 May for Koemaing
Village in Mongpyin Township, eastern Shan State.
When asked why they have migrated, they said the Ywet Sid was conscripting local youths between the ages of 18 and 19 from their villages in April 2016 and that if a family could not contribute a recruit, it would have to pay K40,000 to the militia or leave the village immediately.
A total of 21 people from five households arrived at Hamngin Village, and 11 people from two households moved into Wankonhsa Village.
The Triangle Command headquarters presented three bags of rice, six visses of oil and foodstuffs to the refugees.
Similarly, the Mongpyin Township General Administration Department donated seven bags of rice and 21 sets of school uniforms to the refugees’ children.
This month, the Ywet Sid splinter group has extorted guest houses, restaurants and shops in the villages of Hsinmaung Village-tract, Mongpyin Township.
The Triangle Command Headquarters sent for the person in charge of the liaison office of the Ywet Sid in Kengtung and told him that demanding of extortion and coercive conscription could be tantamount to violating their ceasefire agreement with the government.—Myawady

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