Mawlamyine, 27 October

The military council has tightened security in most areas of Mon State to hold festivities in Thadingyut and to show regional stability, locals told Than Lwin Times.

The State Council plans to hold the Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda Festival and the Kyaikkhami Pagoda Festival to attract more people, and it has also allowed local villages to hold Pagoda Festivals and funfairs.

The military council is deploying security forces at the entrances and exits of the respective townships to hold religious events and the Thadingyut Festival.

A source close to the military council police said that the military council has instructed them to arrest suspected youths at once and to keep an eye on the activities of the People’s Defense Forces.

In addition, Than Lwin Times has learned that the military has instructed police officers to patrol the villages in plainclothes and conduct checks on overnight guests.

The junta-appointed Mon State Chief Minister, U Aung Kyi Thein, stated during a meeting with traditional dance troupes in September that festivals could be held because Mon State was crowded with visitors and quiet during his tenure.

The military council organizes the festivals and portrays the area’s stability, while the revolutionary forces warn the people to be extra cautious because bombs may be detonated during the festivals to drive a wedge between the people and the PDFs.

Furthermore, Mon State-based revolutionary forces have cautioned the people to be extra vigilant and make necessary preparations as moves to topple the military dictator will escalate with the arrival of the open season.

News-Than Lwin Times


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