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Mae Sot officials fear Myanmar migrants may flee to Thailand amid tense situation

By The Nation

 

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Villagers fled to temporarily stay nearby forest after armed force crash.

 

Mae Sot officials are concerned about the situation along the Thai-Myanmar border at Tha Song Yang district, Tak province, after Myanmar’s government ordered three battalion commanders to be removed from office on charges of “conspiracy with foreigners to destroy the country” and a clash in the neighbouring nation between its military and ethic rebels.

 

This has resulted in a tense border situation on the Myanmar side, which is already grappling with the spread of Covid-19.

 

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There is also a potential risk of more clashes between Myanmar’s military and ethnic armed forces after the three commanders were dismissed.

 

Most recently, there were reports of clashes between Myanmar’s military and an armed minority group at Ser Kaw Der village, Karen State Division 5 in Hpa-An district, opposite Thailand’s Tha Yong Yang.

 

Both sides used personal weapons as well as heavy arms to attack each other, leading to more than 80 Karen households, or some 588 people, fleeing from their villages of Ta Kaw Dell, Pa Kaw Khee and Pa Kaw Htar into the forest. They have already come close to the Thai border.

 

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However, Third Army commander Lt-General Apichet Suesat, who is in charge of the northern region, said on Wednesday that the removal of the top leaders will not affect Thailand since what was happening in Myanmar was a purely internal affair.

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30401171

 

 

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18 hours ago, webfact said:

However, Third Army commander Lt-General Apichet Suesat, who is in charge of the northern region, said on Wednesday that the removal of the top leaders will not affect Thailand since what was happening in Myanmar was a purely internal affair.

Is that the same as 650,000 Rohingya's leaving the last time it was an "internal affair" ??

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It stays "an internal affair" as long as you ensure that they stay on their side of the border

The suffering of these people is real but this is not the time to get involved in their local issues

as sad as they are

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