Establishing Mon militia group means driving a wedge among Mon ethnics

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Mawlamyine, October (13)

The transformation of Mon Peace and Defence Forces, which split from the New Mon State Party, into a Mon militia group means driving a wedge among Mon ethnics who are fighting against the military regime, Mon revolution forces said.

The Mon Peace and Defense Force surrendered to the Southeast Regional Military Command on October 10, 2010.

And then it serves as a militia under the Military Council on 12th anniversary of the surrender.

Then Colonel Naing Chan Lawi, spokesperson for the Mon Peace and Defense Force, told Than

Lwin Times that they had to take up arms again as a militia because local residents,

administrators, and staff were being killed in the state.

A young Mon who opposes the military dictatorship criticized the fact that the Mon Peace and Defense Force formed a militia for their own interests, and that the Military Council is sowing discord among Mon ethnics.

After the coup, there were more than 30 People’s Defense Forces armed against the military council in Mon State, and there are also armed resistance organizations representing the Mon people.

The military council has opened front lines almost all over the country, and is battling with some powerful ethnic armed organizations and the People’s Defense Forces.

The representative of the Southern Mon People’s Defense Force said, they will treat Mon Peace and Defense Force as enemy, which turned into a tool of the military council.

Naing Shwe Aung, vice-president of the Mon Peace and Defense Force; Colonel Balo Swan, official from Kyaikmaraw Township; Colonel Aung Chan, representative of Kawkayeik Township; and Colonel Cherry from Thanbyuzayat Township said they wouldn’t accept the Mon militia group.

Brigadier General Naing Aung Tun took over the responsibilities of General Naing Shoung, the commander of the Mon Peace and Defense Force, which was transformed into a militia.

The former Chief of Staff of the New Mon Party, surrendered to the State Peace and Development Council in 2008, formed the Mon Peace and Defense Force and served as chairman.

The Ramanya Force, led by Colonel Naing Shaung, who retired from the New Mon Stage Party, surrendered to the State Peace and Development Council in 2009. After that, it joined the Mon Peace and Defense Force, and Naing Shaung took over as the chairman after Naing Aung Naing’s death.

News – Than Lwin Times

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