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February 2022

Episode: KPN 5-2-2022

Kaladan Radio February 5, 2022 182 6


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Increased security checks in northern Rakhine State

Northern Rakhine, where the Arakanese armed group AA is based, the military is cracking down on tourists and restricting the right to transport food. In northern Rakhine, a ceasefire was reached between the AA and the military, but in Maungdaw Township, locals are worried about clashes as the military tightens security and frequent gunfire can be heard. Khin Maung Soe Min will report from Rangoon.

“The military has been cracking down on tourists since last month in some townships in northern Rakhine State where the Arakan Army (AA) is armed. There are up to 10 checkpoints along the road from Taungup to Sittwe. The right to transport food has also been restricted.”

A passenger on the road

Locals say the military has been cracking down on tourists since last month in some townships in northern Rakhine State where the Arakan Army (AA) is armed. There are up to 10 checkpoints along the road from Taungup to Sittwe. The right to transport food has also been restricted, according to a passenger who was self-examined.

“From Taungup to Sittwe, at least ten gates were inspected. Most importantly, the maximum number of tests is three. Because the inspection is done with a person registration. It is said that they have to get the dried food and dried fish only with the permission of the local government. I don’t know when it was actually published. I did not see any announcement of regional approval. I checked once at the top of Yo Chaung Bridge. Once between Kyauktaw and Mrauk-U. We also inspected Kansawtaung between Kyauktaw Brahmin Island. There are two between Ponna Kyun and Sittwe.

A local resident in Maungdaw said that inspections were being carried out in northern Maungdaw Township, where there were some skirmishes between the AA and the army in November 2021 .

“It is true that there are many inspections,” he said. Even our staff has been subjected to many tests. In my opinion, I think it is too much. The staff does not know. Civilians do not know. We are suffering a lot. I shake my bed. When I went by motorbike, I was told to open the helmet. It shows. We can not say what they want. I asked again. Where will you go from which village? I asked these questions. He answered all their questions. Headquarters and 24 checkpoints in Kyein Chaung

Maung Ohn, a former member of the Maungdaw Township State Hluttaw, said locals were increasingly concerned about the crackdown on tourists passing through towns and villages in Rakhine State.

“On the other hand, smoking is restricted. I checked. It is forced. People get out of cars and walk. That kind of thing. At the Border Guard Headquarters and that time. To be honest, this is not the right thing to do. They are just doing what they should not be doing. Nothing makes sense, does it? As a citizen, you can only travel if you check it in your own country. And the sound of gunfire is worrying the locals. Will it happen here? They are worried that there will be problems. ”

Rakhine State In Ann Township, locals said that the military junta has been restricting the transport of rice by land to Dalat Chaung village tract since January 3.

The army has been restricting the movement of local people since the beginning of fighting between the Arakan Army (AA) and the military in northern Rakhine State at the end of 2018. However, understanding between the AA and the Tatmadaw was eased after the ceasefire, and now it is being re-examined. The Rakhine State Minister for Security and Border Affairs, Colonel Kyaw Thura, was contacted but could not be reached for comment.

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