BAGO DIVISION – Residents reported that the homes of 18 families living in Bay-din-gone Ward of Thonse Town in Tharyarwaddy District were being demolished because they were threatened to demolish and remove by May 10 by the junta council.
On Saturday (May 6), seven of the households that were forced to evict began to dismantle their homes, and two houses have been reportedly demolished at the time of reporting. “They have been living here for more than 50 years. Their homes are accused to be built on the land owned by the Cooperatives Department and were ordered to remove with threats of imprisonment if they fail to comply. They were also forced to sign the documents,” said a person close to the evicted.
Currently, the families who are forcibly removed from the area will reportedly not receive a single penny of compensation and as their houses will have to be demolished, so many difficulties may arise for them, added the person.
Four junta soldiers, Chief of the Thonse Police Station, Head of Land Registry Office, President of Cooperative Society, Head of General Administration Department and Ward Administrator are said to have called the 18 families to the township general administration office on April 26 and threatened them and forced them to sign for removal.
“We are daily wages laborers. We live from daily earnings day to day. If we demolish the houses and remove them, there will be a lot of trouble. If we do not comply with their orders, they threatened to keep the arrest of children and women from Athayaw Village who were unjustly arrested for not paying back the cooperative loans as examples,” he said.
It is said that the families that were ordered to be removed are those who worked at the mills of U Tin Suan since 1952 and were allowed to live there as labor housings. After that, U Tin Suan sold the land to the cooperative department but the people continued to live there.
In addition, on May 5 in Tharyarwaddy Township, the people who took out cooperative loans during the NLD government term and had not yet repaid, were arrested. It is reported that thirteen women and two men, along with some infants, from Athayaw Village were taken away on a trawler jeep to Tharyarwaddy by the junta council soldiers.