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Refugees flee to Thailand after att
- Subject: Refugees flee to Thailand after att
- From: moe@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Sun, 20 Apr 1997 21:43:00
Subject: Refugees flee to Thailand after attack on Burmese student camp
Refugees flee to Thailand after attack on Burmese student camp
BANGKOK, April 19 (AFP) - Burmese government forces have attacked a
dissident student base close to the Thai border triggering a new
refugees into southern Thailand, sources said Saturday.
Some 1,000 troops of Burma's State Law and Order Restoration Council
(SLORC) are conducting an offensive against the student's "8888
nearby ethnic settlements, opposite Thailand's Prachuab Khiri
according to the All Burma Student's Democratic Front (ABSDF).
Colonel Somdej Seumak of Thailand's Ninth Infantry Division
had been fighting across the border on Friday and that 138
crossed into Thap Sakae district of Prachuab Khiri Khan that
An ABSDF spokesman reported that a further 500 ethnic Mon
fled to the border, but were yet to cross into Thailand. More
expected from settlements of Karen, Mon and Moslem communities
the student camp.
An estimated 20,000 refugees have already escaped to Thailand since
February during a massive sweep by Burmese junta troops along Burma's
western border, to flush out resistance from rebel Karens.
Small groups of dissidents including the ABSDF have supported the
resistance to the SLORC.
The ABSDF spokesman said 8888 Camp, which is located about two
kilometres (one mile) inside Burma, had been under attack for
over a week and
was shelled on Friday. There had been no further fighting on
The camp is named after the the pro-democracy demonstrations of
1988, that led to a bloody clampdown by the junta and forced
exile, including students who later formed the ABSDF.
"They (the SLORC) are determined to wipe out any resistance in
Strategically and economically, it's very important to them," the
An ABSDF statement said that the student camp is based close to
infrastructure developments including a road and railway that
will link Burma
Since May, some 20,000 people from 79 villages had been forcibly
in this area of Burma's Tenasserim Division to pave the way for
construction of deep sea ports and a gas pipeline to