Chins to Join Kachin Protests Worldwide
04 October 2011: In a renewed call for an end to attacks in Kachin State by Burma Army soldiers, Chin political leaders and activists have urged for solidarity in joining the Kachin protests worldwide.
A global demonstration against the ongoing conflicts creating over an estimated 25,000 refugees and IDPs (Internally Displaced Persons) along the China-Burma border is organised to take place in front of the Chinese and Burmese embassies on Friday, 7 October 2011.
Pu Tial Hu, President of the Chin Freedom Coalition (CFC), said army soldiers of Thein Sein’s government have been launching a series of military attacks in towns and villages of Kachin State, adding: “Let’s support our Kachin brothers and join the protests on Friday in each of our residing countries all over the world.”
In towns and villages across Burma, Kachin people are ‘not to get out but to stay inside their houses’ on the whole Friday as part of the global protest.
Victor Biak Lian, of the Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO), also urged the Chin communities worldwide to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the Kachins in this difficult time of period.
Kachin locals are still running away from the conflicts, with hundreds arriving in the refugee camps in Laiza, the headquarters of the Kachin Independence Organisation (KIO), close to the China border in northern Burma, according to the Kachin News Group.
At a meeting with the Kachin National Organization USA on 30 September 2011, Chin MP Dr. Za Hlei Thang said killing and attacking Kachin people by Thein Sein’s government means a genocidal act to all of the ethnic nationalities including Chin, Karen, Karenni, Mon, Rakhine and Shan.
Since the armed conflict against the Kachin Army broke out on 9 June, the civilians have fled their villages to escape killings, torture, rape, landmines and forced labour by Burma Army soldiers.
Van Biak Thang