An injured member of the Pat Jasan antidrug activist group arrives at a hospital in Myitkyina, capital of northern Myanmar's Kachin state, Feb. 25, 2016.
More than 30 antidrug activists were injured Thursday in three attacks by unknown armed assailants in northern Myanmar’s Kachin state, as they attempted to destroy opium poppy fields, a local lawmaker, a medical official and an activist said.
Assisted by police, about 26 teams of locals and members of the antidrug, Christian Pat Jasan group were clearing fields in the Kanpaiktee and Sadon areas as part of a poppy eradication campaign unpopular among those who profit from the multibillion-dollar trade, when they were ambushed, said Lagan Zai Jung, a lawmaker representing Kachin state’s Waingmaw constituency.
“Some villagers said they were attacked with landmines along the way,” he told RFA’s Myanmar Service. “Some vehicles were damaged. The group was shot at with automatic weapons.”
Attackers armed with guns, machetes, grenades and slingshots, targeted the teams as they made their way to fields near Htan Mo Kham and Sinjiang villages in Waingmaw township, said Lameng Guan Gyar, a Pat Jasan member. The assailants also burned some of the group’s cars.
Of the 30 people wounded, 29 ended up in the hospital, said medical superintendent Aung Ngwe Zan.
Eleven of the 29 are currently in the surgical ward, while the rest are in the orthopedic and emergency wards, he told RFA’s Myanmar Service.
“One person had wounds in the abdomen, and another on the shoulders,” he said. “How bad they are will be determined soon after checking their ultrasound results. We’ll then decide whether they should undergo operations.”
Tu Raw, a leader of the Pat Jasan group, suggested that the attackers, who used semi-automatic weapons and remote-controlled mines, were government or local militia forces.
“The weapons used in the attacks are those normally used by groups/organizations permitted by the state, and the area is under the control of the Tatmadaw [Myanmar’s defense forces], border guards and militias. There are no other groups, and so there is no doubt about these weapons.”
The Pat Jasan group, formed two years ago and made up of mostly ethnic Kachin members with ties to the Kachin Baptist Church, received permission to resume its drug eradication campaign in the Waingmaw area on Feb. 23 after a weeklong standoff with state authorities over security concerns.
Farmers, local militias and corrupt government officials who profit from opium and heroin sales oppose the group’s activities.
Myanmar is the world's second-biggest producer of opium after Afghanistan, and most of its poppies, which are used for opium and heroin, are grown in Kachin and Shan states. It is also a producer of methamphetamines commonly sold as Yaba tablets.
Antidrug motion passed
Myanmar’s lower house parliament on Thursday passed an emergency motion submitted by Lagan Zai Jung for the government to encourage and support public participation in drug eradication campaigns.
“Parliament has approved the proposal today, and so further steps will come to officially urge the government to take stronger measures,” he said.
Twenty-three lawmakers, including three military members of parliament (MPs), discussed the proposal, despite no-shows by government ministers or their representatives who were supposed to participate in the deliberations.
Among the 13 government ministries invited to attend the session were defense, home affairs, border affairs, agriculture and the investment commission.
Nevertheless, the motion passed with 357 votes for, 10 against, and five abstentions, according to a Myanmar Timesreport.
While some lawmakers have supported the destruction of opium fields in Kachin state by the antidrug activists, military MPs said the Pat Jasan group was illegitimate because it was not a registered organization.
Lieutenant Colonel Thein Htut, a military lawmaker, said during an early February meeting among residents from Maosetung village, the local tactical commander, police officers, village leaders and representatives of opium eradication teams, the village chiefs made it clear that local residents would accept only organizations that had registered with the government, and that they did not want social or religious groups or self-acclaimed drug eradication teams destroying poppy fields.
“Narcotic drugs like heroin and Yaba are being sold openly, as if they were legally approved, in a long row of about 60 huts about only 200 meters (656 feet) from the police station,” Tin Soe, a lawmaker representing Hpakant constituency in Kachin state, told parliament.
The Pat Jasan Group helped with the July 1, 2015, arrest of Daw Kaing from Longin village, who had been trafficking in the area for about three years, he said.
Police seized from her home 300,000 Yaba tablets, 415 plastic soapboxes of heroin, 600 penicillin bottles of heroin, 2,300 plastic pipes containing heroin and Yaba, two vehicles, and two diaries and notebooks, he said.
“There were many more cases like that,” Tin Soe said.
Making ends meet
But Win Naing, a lawmaker from Mogaung, disagreed, saying that local drug seizures and arrests in parts of Kachin state were insignificant.
“The amount of drugs being seized was disproportionately small compared to the amount being distributed,” he said in parliament. “Among the seizures, there were only eight cases that involved more than one million kyats (U.S. $810) and only six cases that involved less than 10,000 kyats (U.S. $8.11) from which we could say the arrests were very superficial.”
Many villagers have cultivated opium poppies for decades in order to make ends meet, said Saing Gaung Sahein, a lawmaker from Maukme.
“They never made a lot of money, but those with an eye for business took over on a commercial scale,” he said. “These people use modern machinery on a large scale instead of hoes and other small farm implements. They have used modern chemicals and fertilizers to turn it into a big business.”
Lagan Zai Jung, however, said most of the people who work the fields in the Waingmaw area are Chinese with considerable investment potential that allows them to buy farming machinery and install water pipes deep in the jungle to irrigate poppy fields
“Our ethnic people cannot do the production on this scale,” he said. “It seems to be done as a well planned, long-term strategy from their [the Chinese] side.”
Lwin Ko Latt, a lawmaker representing Thanlyin, said the government has a duty to eradicate opium and heroin in the country.
“Destroying these poppy fields to save the country’s image is the responsibility of the government,” he said. “The daily papers said opium cultivation is being done in Waingmaw township which is under government control. Then it must be the negligence of the authorities concerned.”
Pat Jasan has asked the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) party, which will take over as the ruling government party in about a month, for an official policy of support.
Reported by Win Ko Ko Latt, Kyaw Myo Min, Khin Khin Ei and Zarni Tun for RFA’s Myanmar Service. Translated by Khin Maung Nyane. Written in English by Roseanne Gerin.
Demonstration of Kachin people to protest against ..... -The Burmese Government who doesn't give protection to Pat Ja San and Kachin public. -The Burmese Military backed BGF(Border Guard Force) of Zahkung Ting Ying who are supporting and giving protection for poppy plantation and poppy farm in Kachinland. -The BGF who attacked and killed the Kachin Pat Ja San Volenteers. Two kachin volunteer of Pat Ja San who destroying the poppy plantation and poppy farm ,already killed and 29 seriously injured.
Myen Asuya a n-pu a BGF hpyen hpung ni mung shawa hpe lak nak hte gasat ai lam, jahkrit shama ai lam hpe tsep kawp n-ra sharawng ai lam hpe Kachin Alliance hku nna statement langai ka shapraw da ga ai lam yawng chye lu na matu shana dat ai. Ndai statement hpe Amerikan Asuya sha n-ga UN hte kaga hpung ni hpe mung shalai shabra sa wa na ga ai.
Ndai zawn rai mung shawa hpe lak nak ni hte hkap gasat jahkrit shama ai majaw marai 33 hkala n-ba hkrum ai lam na lu ai majaw pu gang sin machyi na chying myit n-pyaw ga ai. Hka la n-ba hkrum sai Pat Jasan malawm ni lawan ai hku mai tsai wa lu na matu kyu hpyi myitdum ga ai. Amyu sha ni a matu tinang a hkum asak hpe ap nawng let shakut nga ai Pat Jasan malawm ni yawng hpe Karai Kasang makawp maga bausin ya u ga ngu kyu hpyi ya dat ga ai.
=================== Myen Asuya gaw laknak hpyen n-gun laba ka-up let naw matut up sha mayu ai majaw manghkang n byin yang byin hkra hkan chying lau nga ai re. Lai wa sai ten na mung shawa hte byin ai manghkang yawng gaw myen asuya wa shingdu kaw na galaw ai sha re.
1.De Pe Yin 2.Rahkai 3.Mik Hti La 4.Lashio 5.Mandalay 6.Lapadawng 7.Kawnghka SRN 2 8.RCSS & TNLA 9.PJS & NDA-K
Ndai manghkang ni a hpang kaw Myen hpyen dap nga ai, De a hpang kaw Miwa asuya hpaji jaw nga ai, Yaw shada ai lam gaw, Federal Democracy mungdan byin na hpe Miwa ni n ra ma ai, Ya march shata hta NLD ni hpe lahpa galai na aten du wa magang manghkang tam aten sharen magang rai wa nga ma ai. Jarit masawn de myen hpyen n-gun mung grau jat shagreng da nga ma ai.
Shingrai ya ngai tsun mayu ai gaw, 1. Zahkung Ting Ying shut ai ngu sa marawn mara tam nga yang Manghkang madu myen hpyen gaw ta hpawk dum di kabu nga na sha re.
2. Zahkung wa hpe gaw manya hpe shingna jahpai ai zawn sumprat hpaji jaw nna jai lang nga ai.
3. Jahtum e mungkan kaw nna myen hpe mara shagun wa jang Kachin hpan Zahkung wa she re nga di mara rut rap rai na hkyen nga ai.
4. Dai majaw, Zahkung wa hpe mara jaw nna jawm n ju nga na malai, Jang makawp maga la di Zinlum la kau yang chyawm me, Myen ni myit mada nga ai sumprat manghkang hten mat na re.
Ya ya gaw tingnang shan tinang gadoi jahpye ai hpa, rai taw nga ai, Makam masham hpung ni hku nna dai ginra hta ningmu jahpaw hkaw tsun hpawng ni shawng galaw zinlum kau ngut jang gaw ya na zawn shada lapran tinang masha hkala nba hkrum na n rai nga ai, lu jasan na re. Dai de na anhte a sai daw sai chyen ni prat tup myit machyi hkat mat ai baw gaw anhte n mai galaw na re.
Ya mung matut nna shanang lung dik dik di yang gaw anhte shada sha machyi hkrum nna, myen ni gaw Awng padang ninglaw nga na sha re.
Sung sung myit yu nna ladat nnan tam ga ngu tang madun dat nngai law.
************************************ Mung shawa Pat Jasan hpung hpe hkap gap gasat ai hta BGF dap ni asan sha shang lawm nga sai lam BGF hpyen hking hte hkrak re hpyen la langai hpe Pat Jasan hpung ni lu kamu rim da sai re. Ya na zawn Pang Wa BGF dap kawn Pat Jasan hpung ni hpe hkap gasat na matu BGF hpyen la (1) hpe ta lang Kai Lang Bom (2) hpra, pala kaji (160) hpra htuk da ya ai re lam na chye lu ai. Ya na zawn laknak n'lang ai mung masha Pat Jasan hpung hpe sinat laknak Bom ni hte hkap gasat ai lam gaw Mung shawa a hpyen majing rai nga ai.
Ndai lam gaw myen asuya a mahkam kaba rai nga ai, kade nna yang BGF hte P.T.Ts dap ni hpe mara kaba shagun nna yawng dawm zing kau na matu myen asuya gaw hkyen shajin nga sai lam na chye lu ai. BGF hte P.T.Ts dap ni hpe ma hkra laknak dawm kau nna Pang Wa ginra ma hkra hpe myen hpyen ni hkrai yawng madu sha kau na matu PJS hpung ni hpe myen asuya gaw jai lang nga masai. Pang Wa BGF a prat gaw ndai kaw htum sai.
Wunpawng sha ni galoi she Myen a mahkam hta na lawt lu na kun..........?
Hkawp Hkungga ai Myusha ningbaw ningla ni hte, Pat Jasan magam gun nga ai ningbaw ni hpang de,
Jinghpaw mung kata Pat Jasan Magam bungli hpe galaw hpang wa ai kaw na daini du hkra Awng dang ai lam law law lu la Sai hpe mu mada ai majaw Myusha ni yawng hte rau kabu n gun lu nngai. Pat Jasan magam bungli hta woi awn nga ai ni, shang lawm magam gun ap nawng Nga ai ni yawng hpe mung na chying Chyeju dum nngai.
Rai yang, ndai laman BGF up hkang ginra de Pat Jasan magam bungli galaw sa wa ai shaloi, Pat Jasan ni a hkrun lam hpe hkum pat ai, Pat Jasan ni hpe ninghkap gasat ai lam ni nga wa sai hte maren, hkala n ba hkrum sai Pat Jasan ni mung law law wa ya ten Myitkyina tsi rung hta tsi tsi hkam la Nga ai lam hpe na chye lu ai.
Ndai zawn Pat Jasan ni hpe hkap ninghkap gasat ai majaw mung shawa masha law law, ya ten Myitkyina na n gun madun ninghkap ai lam hpe mung galaw nga sai lam chye lu ai. Ndai zawn ninghkap n gun madun ai lam hta LADAT jaw ra ai ngu mu mada ai. Ya ten ninghkap n gun madun ai Myusha ni gaw Zahkung Ting Ying hpe Hpyen madung hku myit la le, shi hte Shi a BGF hpe ninghkap ai lam galaw nga ai.
Kaja nga yang anhte a hpyen madung gaw myen hpyen wa she re hpe dum ra ga ai. Madung gaw myen hpyen wa hpe ninghkap ra ga ai. Zahkung Ting Ying wa hpe Sha mara mu nna ninghkap taw ai rai yang Mungkan kaw na mung anhte Myusha ni shada byin ai manghkang hku nna mu la mat na re. Hpyen madung gaw myen re hpe Mungkan de Htawng madun ra ga ai. Myen hpyen asuya a majaw ya na zawn byin wa ai re lam hpe madung hku Htawng madun ra ga ai.
Zahkung Ting Ying a Nta shawng Kaw sa n gun madun ninghkap na malai, myen balik dap, hpyen dap, myen asuya rung shawng hkan sa nna n gun madun ninghkap ai lam galaw yang grau tang du na re ngu mu mada ai. Kaja wa mung myen hpyen ni shingdu kawn bungli galaw ai majaw n Dai zawn re lam ni byin pru wa ai rai nga ai.
Ya ten Mungkan Kaw na Jinghpaw mung a lam, Pat Jasan ni a lam hpe grai azi yu taw nga ma ai, dai majaw anhte Myusha shada byin ai manghkang hku Mungkan Kaw na n mu hkra galaw ra ga ai. Anhte Myusha lapran byin ai manghkang re ngu Mungkan kaw na mu kau jang anhte hpe yu azi taw ai myi ni gayin mat wa na hpe tsang ra ai. Myen hpyen wa mung Mungkan Kaw na yu azi taw ai hpe gayin ma hkra ya na zawn Myusha kata byin ai manghkang hku galaw taw nga ai re lam hpe dum ra ga ai.
Dai majaw Wunpawng Myusha ni a Hpyen madung hpe mahtang madung da jawm ninghkap sa wa ga ngu Ngai a mu mada ai lam hpe tang madun dat lu nngai.
Kachin, tribal peoples occupying parts of northeastern Myanmar (Burma) and contiguous areas ofIndia (Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland) and China (Yunnan). The greatest number of Kachin live in Myanmar (roughly 790,000), but some 150,000 live in China and a few thousand in India. Numbering about 1012,000 in the late 20th century, they speak a variety of languages of the Tibeto-Burman group and are thereby distinguished as Jinghpaw, or Jingpo (Chingpaw [Ching-p’o], Singhpo), Atsi, Maru (Longvo), Lachid, Nung (Rawang), and Lisu .
The traditional Kachin religion is a form of animistic ancestor cult entailing animalsacrifice. As a result of the arrival of American and European missionaries in Burma beginning in the late 19th century, a majority of the Kachin are Christian, mainly Baptist and Roman Catholic. Among the Kachin in India, Buddhism predominates.