Monday, March 17, 2008

SPDC's plot to suppress and crackdown on people's protests

SPDC's plot to suppress and crackdown on people's protests

The SPDC reviewed the current situation as volatile and sees that the protests and violence can take place at any time. Thus they sent their instructions to army, police, Union Development and Development Association (USDA), Swanahshin and prison department to get ready for suppression of these unrests. The following are their concrete preparations to suppress the people's protests.

1. Directorate of Army sent its instruction to police force in all States and Divisions including the riot police force across Burma on 20th February to get standby and to regroup their forces. And also they are instructed to conduct anti-violence training and mock drill in association with local armed forces.

2. The State of Emergency imposed at midnight on 6th September 2007 has not yet withdrawn and instructed all police forces and riot police forces, State reserved forces to regroup and get combat readiness.

3. Increasing the fighting force of each riot police battalion to 500 from current 300 by extracting from State and Division police forces.

4. Forming the security platoon, reserved security platoon and logistics platoon in each riot police battalion comprised of the dependents of police personnel mostly the female members for the battalion HQ security.

5. Sent instruction for repairing and reissuing of anti-riot 12 Bore Grenna guns, reissuing and repairing of 40 mm shell launchers, 37 & 38 mm shell guns, supplying additional 100,000 smoke grenades to all 16 riot police battalions in Burma on 15th February in addition to current issue of 540 each. Similarly supplying 150,000 cartridges for 12 Bore Guns to all 16 riot police battalions on 29th January for the second time. Supplying bayonets for .303 rifles, .30 carbines, M 16, M 21 being used in riot police battalions. Instructed all riot police battalions and police training schools to submit their required equipments list before 1st February such as batons (long and short), shield, catapults, catapult balls, slingshots (round and flat), scarves (ties), water bottles, torch light, barbed wire, beret cap, beret slings, portable electric shock machine, stretcher, loud hailer, loud speaker, camera, bullet proof helmets, flak jackets, gas masks, military binoculars, walkie-talkie, wireless sets, vehicles and reserved and restricted ammunitions for reinforcing. Instructed all riot police battalions to conduct small arms training lesson and crowd control lesson daily plus 9 types of parades. Moreover police force in Rangoon Division is attending special training on crowd control codenamed 'Red Hat' starting from 22nd February.

6. Local authorities are giving social welfare assistance to dependents and female police personnel of all riot police battalions. And also these riot police battalions are instructed to stock 1,000 rice bags in each battalion for reserved food in countering domestic unrests and foreign invasions.

7. Instructed to select the key land and strategic land in advance in the respective area and to make grouping and to take battle stations by 50 police personnel along with Swanahshin, allied forces from NGOs in the respective Division, Districts and Township offices. And also they are instructed to submit the scheme to control the strategic land and gathering intelligence in advance with detail list of personnel strength, arms equipped and coordination plan with local organizations.

8. The Directorate of Army instructed the Burma Police Force to fill all the vacant allotted strength before 2010. Under this instruction, the recruitment is intensified starting from 1st January with the scheme codenamed 'Minthar Scheme – Phase II'. The recruitment task forces were formed led by Police Col. in each area with the aim of recruiting 1,000 new recruits each month. These task forces are visiting State High Schools and Middle Schools, persuading and organizing the students to join the police force.

9. The Prison department is instructed to build model wards in 39 prisons in Burma to house the political prisoners when the unrest breaks out. The political prisoners categorized as reserved and ordinary reserved will be detained in these new wards which will ensure deprivation of contacts with each other in specially designed small cells. The security personnel were increased and relocating, demolishing the houses near these prisons for the safety of the prisons.

10. Giving terrorists, sabotage and anti-riot trainings to mercenary terrorists under the name of 'Swanahshin'. Under the instruction of Directorate of Army, the riot police battalions are giving anti-riot trainings to extracted force from local army units and Swanahshin from respective districts in each regional military command. In these trainings, the trainees are given the lessons on dispersing the crowd by using force, current political situation at home and abroad, and SPDC's political roadmap. The hardcore Swanahshin were grouped and trained in each level of township, district, division and state to use them when required.

11. The regime is expanding their USDA organization which is claimed to have the current strength of 24 million members. All the government employees and their families plus the dependents are forced to join this organization. And also the students from Sate Middle Schools and above are forced to join this organization. The USDA Basic Organizational trainings are given in each township.

12. District PDC Chairman U Than Aung gave speech in USDA meeting on 3rd January at Rangoon Division, Mingalataungnyunt Township USDA office. In his speech, he said, "The image of the armed force was tarnished when they had to take leading role in cracking down the September 2007 unrest. Now we plan to use USDA and Swanahshin in leading role to crackdown the future unrests with in the name of people. For this purpose, you have been trained. The police force and army will take the second and third line force behind you and get ready. As we will issue notice to all monasteries not to go outside their premises when the unrest breaks out so that all the monks found on the streets at that time will be resumed as bogus monks and must be eliminated. The State will take full responsibility for the security of the USDA members. You are advised to lodge complaint to the authority concerned at the earliest time when you receive threats and harassment against you. I urge the USDA members to perform the duty assigned by the State dutifully and bravely".

13. The USDA members are collecting and preparing the list of eligible voters starting from 12th February after the SPDC announced on 9th February that the constitutional referendum will be held in May this year and new election will be held in 2010.

14. Rangoon Division USDA boss and Mayor Brig. Gen. Aung Thein Lin and Joint Secretary U Thar Win attended the USDA meeting held on 22nd February and instructed over 2,000 USDA members who were at the meeting to visit the people, persuade and organize the people by explaining them chapter by chapter of constitution draft. And also these USDA members were instructed to organize the people not to listen to the voices of NLD and other opposition forces.

15. The SPDC instructed to hold the mass rallies led by USDA across Burma supporting the SPDC announcements 1/2008 and 2/2008.

16. National Unity Party (NUP) General Secretary U Khin Maung Gyi said to German news agency DPA that the USDA has the plan to contest in election by transforming their organization to political party. In preparation for this task, the USDA is approaching and organizing the respected and influential persons in respective areas to join their organization.

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