Five Karenni men were released from Loikaw Prison on Wednesday after serving 20-day sentences for violating Burma’s Peaceful Assembly Law, and the day prior three other men who were arrested for holding a subsequent solidarity protest were informed that the prosecution would be dropping their case.
“The Burmese army handed over the ashes of the soldiers to the KNPP on 21 December 2017.”
Locals in Demoso say the KNPP imposes an annual tax of about 5,000 kyat per household, and that they were given a 10 October deadline to pay up.
While foreign observers largely praised the NCA signing, leaders from some ethnic groups that did not accede to the accord expressed their skepticism.
The Karenni National Progressive Party (KNPP) announced a total ban on new logging of teak and other hardwoods in Karenni State, and has outlawed all logging businesses in the territory.
Karenni Army troops have left the Karenni State capital after causing a stir by entering the town in defiance of a government ban.