FROM THE DVB NEWSROOM
RFA reported that more than 100 Burma nationals were arrested in Mae Sot and its surrounding areas of Thailand’s Tak Province last week. The police raids came after authorities discovered a house producing weapons for resistance groups in Burma on May 14. “I have heard that at least 50 people were arrested on the 23rd alone,” said Moe Kyaw, the chairperson of the Joint Action Committee for Burmese Affairs.
Rose, a community leader in Mae Sot who assists Burmese migrant workers in Thailand, said that police arrested undocumented Burma nationals working inside garment factories and in villages around the Mae Tao Clinic, which provides free healthcare to migrant workers and refugees from Burma. “During these days, [Thai authorities] raided small garment factories which had not registered and arrested [illegal workers],” said Rose.