A group of people living in a squatter community in Hlegu Township, on the outskirts of Rangoon, say they have been ordered to leave the area by next month.
The Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement has been urging the shop owners to vacate the land since 2013, claiming that the area is owned by the government.
“He denied police made use of vigilantes, but added that evictions were often carried out following requests by companies seeking to develop the areas.”
Forty-eight families were left homeless and several people injured after violence broke out following an attempt to evict residents in Simphontaung.
Settlers have returned to the Irrawaddy River-bank after local authorities evicted over 400 families before King Harald and Queen Sonya of Norway sailed the Mandalay stretch of the river.
Around 4,500 people who are living on land that has been earmarked to be used by the Thilawa Special Economic Zone meet with operators and investors of the project.