Police deliver military training to civilians

Oct 30, 2007 (DVB), Residents of Mingalar Taung Nyunt township, Rangoon, have claimed that local police have been conducting military training for township residents and offering rewards to those who attend.

Police sergeants from the township police have reportedly delivered basic military training to around 120 local people.

The training took place from 7am to 9am every morning and ran for two weeks, residents said.

They also claimed that police promised to give a reward of 3000 kyat a day to the participants, and that most of those who took part were poor or unemployed young people motivated by the reward.

Mingalar Taung Nyunt residents assumed that the authorities were providing the training so that any future protests could be cracked down on by civilians rather than government forces.

"We don't like them conducting this training for our people, because they are going to use these people against us" said one resident.

However, the motive for providing any training has not been confirmed.

Mingalar Taung Nyunt police station said they were not aware of any training being held.

"We don't know anything about that. We're already busy with our law and order duties, we haven't heard anything about any training," police told DVB.

Reporting by Htet Yazar

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