An ethnic Tai-Leng, or “Red Shan,” schoolteacher was reportedly shot dead by unknown assailants on Wednesday, less than 24 hours after the murder of a fellow Red Shan man in similar fashion, both in the Kachin State jade mining township of Hpakant.
The demonstrators chanted slogans, mostly focused on the creation of a Tai Leng state and a federal union in Burma.
The Shan Human Right Foundation has accused the Burmese army of an attack on 11 villages in Shan State, in which civilians were tortured.
Seven Red Shan villagers were said to have been abducted by the Kachin Independent Army (KIA) on 11 March in Bhamo district, according to the Shan Ethnic Affairs Organisation.
A Shan rights group claims that the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) is still detaining 17 Red Shan villagers said to have been released on 20 December. According to the Shan Ethnic Affairs Organisation (SEAO), only four of the villagers have returned home, leaving the rest unaccounted for.
A local government official tells DVB that 26 ehnic Shan villagers who had been abducted by the Kachin Independence Army in Mansi township have been released by the rebel group.