Thaton residents call for the return of confiscated farmlands

Writer: 
Maung Maung Shwe Myaing
Residents of Thaton Township come together in a protest on July 23.

More than 100 residents of Thaton Township in Mon State staged a protest yesterday to demand  the return of seized land and the upholding of the rule of law.

Nay Win Min Tun, a protest leader, said: “A deputy township judge, a sub-inspector, a lower house MP and staff from the Township Agricultural Land Management and Statistics Department are biased towards the seized farmland. We call on the investigation commission to solve this problem and take action against those involved in the case as quickly as possible.”

When asked by the Daily Eleven about the protest, Lower House MP Mar Mar Khaing replied that the judge, the sub-inspector and departmental staff were not biased. She said she would have to stand on the right side when there were unlawful demands. “They had discussed it with the minister of industry. Time would tell on who is telling the truth. No response would be made to the accusations as the action taken against them would have a negative impact on innocent locals,” the MP said.

In 1997, the Ministry of Industry-2 and the army seized about 1,700 acres of farmlands in some villages in Thatone Township.