Police broke up a protest camp opened by Karenni youths in front of Kayah State Office of National League for Democracy in Loikaw demanding the movement of the Bronze Statue of General Aung San, and arrested 36 protestors including four protest leaders on February 7.
The protest camp broke up on the fifth day since its opening. Police crackdown came after the protestors reportedly refused to close their camp as demanded by the authorities because of an invalid permit that allowed only 48 hour and posing disturbances to the nearby school.
"Chairman of the township management committee is Kyaw Moe from the General Administration Department under the control of the state government. The government is controlled by unelected minister U Maw Maw and U Alphonsho. They have filed lawsuits against us. They are the players of all these issues. They are doing their jobs. We will also pursue our way. Our aim is for our survival and the movement of General Aung San's statue," said one protest leader Khu Kyu Pekay before he was arrested.
About 40 Karenni youths waited in front of the NLD office on February 2 to meet NLD CEC member and spokesperson Dr Myo Nyunt but they were not allowed.
A ceremony to support the erection of the statue and unveil it took place in Loikaw on February 2, which was mostly attended by Kayah State NLD members and about 2,000 supporters.
Although the union government directed to seek coordination if there was objection, state minister for finance and planning Maw Maw and NLD members conveyed the statue to Kandahaywin Park in Loikaw on January 29 flanked by vehicles and local authorities. More security forces were deployed in the park after Karenni youths came there.
The Karenni youths have reportedly sent an open letter to President Win Myint. They have also demanded to settle the accounts for K110 million for the statue erection.
A 70-strong police force broke up the protest camp opened by young Karenni people near the park.