Kachin IDPs refused military’s offer for rally

San Latt / February 27, 2021

Maina AG IDP camp

Hundreds of Kachin Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from Waimaw Township have turned down an approach from Burmese military authority to participate a rally that would show support for the military regime.

The leader of Maina Assembly of God (AG) IDP camp told The Kachin Post that he has rejected the approach from the coup authorities to show up at the rally to support the Burmese military Junta. “We don’t like the military and we don’t support them,” said Yaw Dar Leme.

IDPs were approached by the local Church leaders whom were previously contacted by the military authority. The IDPs were being offered 5000 Kyat (US $3.55) per day for each individuals, as well as the transportation and the security will be provided, the camp leader said.

Meanwhile, the supporters of Burmese military reportedly attacked the anti-coup protesters in Burma’s Yangon city after weeks of rallies calling for return of democracy in the county. Most of the military supporters are reportedly being paid daily wages.

Maina AG camp leader said IDPs don’t want to join the military-support rally, even though they haven’t received monthly stipend for February due to the closure of Banks.

Maina AG IDP camp is the second largest IDP camps in Waimaw Township, according to the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA). The camp is a home for just over two thousand people as of January 2020.

Waimaw Township is situated across the Irrawaddy River from the Kachin State capital Myitkyina Most IDP camps became temporary home for thousands of Kachin war refugees whom lost their home by the renewed war between Burma Army and Kachin Independence Army (KIA) since 2011.