The Arakan Army has alleged that Burma’s military used helicopter gunships over the weekend to launch offensives in Rakhine State’s Buthidaung Township, where some of the ethnic armed group’s troops are based.
A man who launched a hot-air balloon to celebrate the 39th birthday of Brigadier-General Tun Myat Naing, leader of the Arakan Army, was arrested over the weekend and charged with “unlawful association” in the latest case involving the controversial colonial-era law.
The Arakan Army has reportedly launched attacks on a major Arakan Liberation Army (ALP) outpost along the Burma-India border, with a senior leader of the latter telling DVB that at least one soldier from the ALP’s armed wing was killed in the fighting.
Scores of protesters on Sunday took to the streets in Sittwe demanding the release of Buddhist monk Nanda Thara and a layman, Khaing Ni Min, who were arrested last month and face unlawful association charges after organising a football match in the name of the Arakan Army.
The Arakan Army, Ta’ang Nationalities Liberation and Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army have welcomed the Burmese government’s announcement that they are invited to the upcoming peace conference.