FROM THE DVB NEWSROOM
US and EU enact more targeted sanctions against regime officials and cronies
The United States and the European Union have sanctioned additional junta officials, and its business proxies, on Nov. 8. The EU announced that it had enacted a fifth round of sanctions targeting 19 individuals and one entity in Burma. The U.S. imposed sanctions against Sky Aviator Company Limited and its owner and director Kyaw Min Oo. Read more here.
Armed conflict and civil disobedience persist in Tanintharyi
Nineteen armed clashes occurred across Tanintharyi Region last month, according to Southern Monitor, an NGO that monitors economic and human rights issues. The junta’s security forces intensified household inspections. Troop movements have increased. More than a dozen civilians were arrested, accused of ties to local defense forces in Yebyu and Launglon townships. Civil disobedience against the regime increased. At least 293 people have been killed and around 9,000 have been displaced from their homes in Tanintharyi due to armed conflict since the coup. You can read the full report here.
Singapore rescues passengers of Burma-flagged ship
Passengers of a sinking fishing vessel with a Burma flag were rescued near the coast of Vung Tau, Vietnam on Tuesday, reported AFP. Authorities rescued 303 passengers of the ship, named Lady 3. Vietnam’s Maritime Search and Rescue Coordination Centre stated that the passengers were Sri Lankans seeking to migrate to Canada.
News by Region
KAREN—The Karen National Union (KNU) stated that it killed 369 junta troops in 186 clashes last month. Six Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) and Karen National Defense Organization (KNDO) soldiers are reported to have been killed. Forty-six were injured. It added that four Burma Army troops defected to Karen forces. More than 300,000 locals are displaced from their homes due to the conflict and are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance.
MAGWAY—An National League for Democracy (NLD) official, along with his brother, was arrested by police in Htilin town. “Police accused them of having ties with the People’s Defense Force (PDF) and took them to the interrogation camp in the station,” a resident told DVB. The junta’s security forces have been targeting NLD party members and supporters, accusing them of supporting the PDF. Four locals were arrested on Nov. 5 and have not yet been released.
YANGON—Eight men were arrested for robbing passengers on a Yangon bus on Nov. 8. The incident occurred near Thamine market, Mayangone Township. “A total of eight – seven robbers along with the driver of a Toyota Probox car – have been arrested. They were held at Mayangone police station,” the regional police officer told DVB. “They beat [the passengers] with iron rods and stole phones. A woman was injured when she jumped while panicking,” a bus driver said. There have been increasing reports of violent crime occurring on Yangon public transportation.
A bomb blast injured one soldier at the entrance gate of the Burma Army’s No.106 Infantry Battalion in Mingaladon Township on Nov. 8. A local told DVB that unidentified men on a motorcycle threw an improvised explosive toward the entrance of the military base then fled the scene.