Military regime targets CDMers, fears importance of CDM

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Yangon, January (18)

The military council is targeting blacklisted personnel who joined the Civil Disobedience Movement (CDM) against the military coup to prevent them from leaving the country.

The Military Council said at the meeting of the Anti-Terrorism Central Committee on December 23 that the officials should monitor the CDMers carefully and report if there is anything unusual, as hundreds of CDMers who have been banned from leaving abroad are being caught at the airport, according to the leaked documents.

Moreover, the military council instructed to list the names of CMers banned from going abroad and Myanmar citizens who were denied entry at foreign airports, and to send their names and addresses to the state and regional police forces.

There are nearly 500 Myanmar nationals who have been denied entry at foreign airports in the last two months because they were not allowed to enter the country, and the instructions also include adding them to the black list and monitoring them as targets.

According to CDM academic staff, the military dictatorship may have prevented CDMers from going abroad since they may have helped fund the revolution from afar.

The military council is evicting the CDMers from their staff quarters, threatening, oppressing, and arresting them unjustly, causing them to feel insecure and flee their homes.

On the other hand, the US government approved the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) in late December, which included the Burma Act with provisions to support CDMers.

A CDM Air Force Corporal Zeya criticizes the military council’s current move, claiming that it fears the important role of CDMs in the revolution in the midst of the heightened tension.

In October last year, the military council arrested two CDM staff who were about to go abroad at Yangon International Airport.

The Military Council has provided the information of staff who joined the CDM to regional and state police, including airports and border gates, and is monitoring them and making arrests.

In addition, the military council sent the personal information of blacklisted CDM staff to passport-issuing offices to prevent them from leaving the country, the CDMers said.

News-Than Lwin Times

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