Myawady-Kawkareik section of Asia Highway was scheduled to commission in July, but Tatmadaw columns have to clear the areas of armed forces members who forcefully collected money from the people.
Myawady-Kawkareik New Asia Highway was built with the aims of contributing to flow of commodity in border areas, development of border areas and promotion of links between regional countries and tourism by the union government, the region government and a neighbouring government.
As small armed groups led by Kyaw Thet and Saw San Aung, breakaway factions of KKO built tax collection centres on the road and collected money from the people, regional government and authorities had to warn them and to leave the road many times. Fighting broke out on 2 July as they refused to withdraw and started fighting at Tatmadaw members who were clearing the area.
During the fighting, the small armed groups shot a heavy weapon fire at the basic education high school in Chaungtaung Village and set two buildings on fire in rubber plantation of the Ministry of Industry on 7 July. On 8 July, they fired heavy weapon shots into downtown Kawkareik.
The Tatmadaw, together with border guards, fought against them 29 times until 9 July and successfully cleared the former Myawady-Kawkareik road and the new Asia Highway this afternoon.