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Worldwide Demonstrations Against Broken Ceasefire in Kachin State

June 20, 2011

Armed conflict broke out in Kachin State on 9 June, breaking a 17-year ceasefire agreement between the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and the Burma Army. As many of 10,000 people have fled from the fighting and remain displaced along the China border.

The Kachin National Organization (KNO) has called for a Global Day of Action on Friday 24 June to show solidarity with the KIA that is fighting to protect the people of Kachin State.

The KNO’s invitation message and list of demonstrations are below.

You are cordially invited to a rally to protest against the resumption of civil war in Burma. This protest against the war is being held to demand that the Burmese military junta seeks a peaceful political resolution through dialogue rather than war. A similar protest will be held on the same day by Kachin people around the world. Please see contact details below for activities taking place worldwide.

As you will be aware, fighting has commenced between the Kachin Independence Army and the Burmese government forces in Kachin State, Burma, and this looks likely to be on-going. The fighting has already affected civilians in Kachin State in numerous ways. The fighting has forced thousands of local civilians to flee their homes and livelihoods to escape the fighting and avoid forced labour and other human rights abuses by the Burma Army. Since the fighting started, it is estimated that more than 10,000 civilians have had to seek shelter on the Sino-Burmese border; however, an even greater number of civilians has been displaced elsewhere, forced into local jungle as China has refused to accept our refugees. The number of refugees is increasing day by day.

We do not want a cease-fire, we want PEACE. We do not need kindness, we want JUSTICE. We do not accept a forced referendum, we choose DEMOCRACY.

“Please use your liberty to Promote Ours.” –Aung San Suu Kyi

MALAYSIA:
Place: Burmese Embassy
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Contact:
Mr. Htoi Nan Nsang :+601 225 63631
Mr.Naw Seng :+60176625311
Mr.La Seng :+60146330783

AUSTRALIA:
Place: Burmese, Chinese Embassies
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 14:00 p.m.
Contact:
Mr. Seng La : +61- 433 003 532
Mr. Yaw Mai Lahtaw : +61 -426-047 740
Mr. Ja Yung : +61 -430-352 814

JAPAN:
Place: Burmese Embassy
Time: 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Contact:
Mr. Peter Brang Seng: 00 81- 08034106187
Hawwa Zau La : 00 81- 08034106187
Kno5japan@yahoo.com

NETHERLANDS:
Place: The Hague
Contact:
Mr. Mawshe : +31 614 397 465
Mr. Gun Yawng : +31 634 944

UNITED KINGDOM (UK):
Place: Burmese Embassy
Time: 13:00- 14:00
Contact:
Mr. Goontawng Lashi :+44- 75 95763340
Mr. Ring Du Lachyung :+44 -79 317 20173

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (USA):
Place: US Congress, India, Chinese &
Burmese Embassies
Time: 9:00am to 5:00
Direction & Contact: Gum San (443-415-8683)
Zau Rip (443-790-4682)
Ja Seng Mai (215-359-6679)
Zau Hkyen (410-446-0278)
Zau Tawng (610) 969-6183

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