BRIEF - Burma Army orders Karen market demolition

The Burmese Armed Forces have ordered that Hsar-kar market near Karen State capital Hpa-an be demolished by 14 March, local sources said. Villagers told DVB that the Burma Army Engineering Battalion 915 claimed they own the land in Hsar-kar village, and that residents and shopkeepers must clear out by mid-month. The market, which has been a source of local livelihood for 26 years, is also home to 64 families.