Sunday, January 30, 2005

MYANMAR: Is something wrong in Rangoon with the Generals?

+ Accoriding to popular rumours, the critical tensions between Than
Shwe and his supporters and Maung Aye and his backers peaked at the
junta's regular fourth quarter meeting on January 13, which lead to
the death of 42-years old Bo Win Tun, the personal assistant of
General Maung Aye. An opposition radio broadcaster, the Norway-based
Democratic Voice of Burma also reported that Bo Win Tun had died,
either by assassination, suicide or in an attempt to protect Maung
Aye. +

28/01/2005

Is something wrong in Rangoon with the Generals?
Sein Win/Mizzima News

Rangoon residents have been showing an unusually keen interest in the
government-owned media lately, including the New Light of Myanmar, TV
news and radio, particularly over the last week.
They are waiting to see what will come out of these propaganda
machines concerning rumours that the military junta's top set have
been in shake up.

Residents say top generals, junta head Senior General Than Shwe,
deputy head of state General Maung Aye, General Thura Shwe Mann,
Prime Minister General Soe Win and some generals have disappeared
from media coverage for a week now. This is highly uncharacteristic
as the generals love nothing more than to parade their activities
publicly.

Yes, people say it is true; no activities of the top four generals
have been reported since January 13.

Accoriding to popular rumours, the critical tensions between Than
Shwe and his supporters and Maung Aye and his backers peaked at the
junta's regular fourth quarter meeting on January 13, which lead to
the death of 42-years old Bo Win Tun, the personal assistant of
General Maung Aye.

An opposition radio broadcaster, the Norway-based Democratic Voice of
Burma also reported that Bo Win Tun had died, either by
assassination, suicide or in an attempt to protect Maung Aye.

Official media reports also encourage people to believe there is
currently a crisis. It reported that Bo Win Tun's funeral had taken
place but did not disclose how he died in the line of duty.

"You see, yesterday the Prime Minister, Soe Win, was [apparently]
arrested. Today General Shwe Mann and some others were [apparently]
arrested. Tomorrow will be Than Shwe's turn. These are come out from
border area," said a Burmese journalist based in Bangkok.

Although he rejected these rumours as totally unfounded, generally
people in Rangoon believe something serious is going wrong between
top generals.

"Something is happening. Maybe a split is looming again. They [the
generals] have disappeared from the TV screen," said a Rangoon
resident. "Commodity prices are rising with this news," he added.

But local journalists and opposition politicians and diplomats in
Rangoon are keen to keep quiet. A veteran politician who usually
dares to speak out against the ruling military council, the State
Peace and Development Council (SPDC) said, "There is no clear
information yet, we need to wait for a while."

Stories of splits within Burma's military junta are not strange to
Burmese people.

Before Khin Nyunt, former Prime Minister and powerful head of
military intelligence, was ousted last October by Than Shwe, rumours
of power struggles spread often.

Now, everyone is asking one another, "What is the latest development
in the Na Ah Pha (SPDC)" in Rangoon?

http://mizzima.com/archives/nf/2005/28-Jan-05-07.htm