Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Protesters demand return of grabbed farmland

DAWEI – Residents of Thayetchaung, in Taninthayi Region, have protested the seizure of farmland by the military and government to build a railroad and demanded for fair compensation.

The protestors marched in front of the Mawshaegone Buddhist Monastery in Mawshaegone village from early morning and walked along the Myeik-Dawei Highway.

“The reason for this demonstration is the seizure of 500 acres of farmland in 1990 to build a military base for regiments 403, 404 and 405. The military also seized about 400 acres of pasture for a training ground. They only built military buildings on 30 acres of land. The pasture seized for military training ground has been rented to a businessman to do a rubber plantation business. That’s the reason of our demonstration,” said Nyi Nyi Naing from Kazi village.

Local farmers signed a petition to send to Quartermaster-General Min Naing and General Wai Lwin, Aung San Suu Kyi, the Myanmar Human Rights Commission and other political organisations that are dealing with land grabbing cases.

The protestors marched holding placards demanding compensation and the return of their farmland seized by military.

Although the organisers of the protest initially intend 100 people to protest, only 50 people participated.