Monday, May 25, 2009

Non-residents in Kawthaung forced to leave

by May Kyaw

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) - Visitors to Kawthaung are being checked thoroughly and sent back home.

The National Identity cards of those arriving at the airport, harbours and bus terminals are being checked and non-local people are being detained for a while before being sent back to their homes as of May 22.

“Now they are detained in the old hospital of Kawthaung and are not allowed to go outside. They are being divided into groups and assigned to quarter heads and sent back one group at a time,” a resident told Mizzima.

“If those who are being stopped can say where they are headed exactly, they let them go. They detain those who didn’t know any local people to go to,” he added.

Although nobody knows the reason why strangers are not being accepted because no public announcement was made but local people said it could be because of a boat accident near the Thahtay Island carrying people going to Thailand to work.

However, people from all over the country are still coming to Kawthoung as of now.

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