TANINTHARYI DIVISION – Residents said that the junta council’s army has closed the Kan Pauk – Klain Aung road in Yebyu Township since early Monday (July 3).
Military council soldiers blocked off the raid at the Forestry Office intersection and in front of the Gang Gaw Taung School along the road since 6:00 a.m. “Everyone is being ordered to turn back. Passenger cars, shopkeepers, motorcycles, no one was permitted (to pass). There is a (junta) car at each point,” said a Kan Pauk local at 1:30 p.m. on Monday.
Another four junta council’s cars also left from Kan Pauk towards Klain Aung and there were blockades along the road, the local added.
Because of this blockade, the vendors going from Kan Pauk to Klain Aung are stuck and are unable to sell their wares. The vendors purchase goods at the Kan Pauk market and resell those in Klain Aung and Kyauk Shak.
The locals said that they need to go and sell it quickly because their merchandise includes perishables such as meat and fish.
On the 29th of last month, the Kan Pauk – Klain Aung section of the road was closed to traffic from early morning to evening, and was only allowed passage for a few hours in the afternoon. After that, the junta council troops did not close the road, but they conducted strict inspections on the road almost every day.
The junta council has been conducting such enforcement and roadblocks since the 28th of June, when news broke that at least seven members of the junta council troops had escaped from the Mawrawaddy Navy based in Kan Pauk.