The clash of political interests itself is now part of politics in the modern era. Constitutional legitimacy, processes of governance, and claims to power by force have been in conflict during the reform process in Myanmar, at least over the past six years as they are on display to the world. A dream of ‘cooperative federalism’, a language never fully understood, is widely written in the new Myanmar media. This essay is written as a historical account of the conflict but focuses on a clear understanding of past and present trends of the Karen and Mon armed/political organizations.
U Ko Ni, a National League for Democracy (NLD) legal adviser, who was also a patron of the recently formed Myanmar Muslim Lawyers Association, was shot and killed at the Yangon airport on January 29 yesterday upon his return from Indonesia, where he was part of a delegation attending a senior leadership meeting in Jakarta. He was waiting at the taxi station at the airport at around 4:30pm when he was shot in the head and killed.
Lately, the military bloc’s supporter, obviously made up of Union Solidarity Development Party (USDP) members, former and active soldiers in civil and sympathizers have staged demonstration to support the Military’s or Tatmadaw’s “war of justice” or “just war” in Rangoon (Yangon), Moulmein (Mawlamyaing) and recently in Mandalay. Similar events would also take place in other cities according to the news sources.
The two most crucial issues that would definitely be carried into the year 2017 are the conflict between the Rohingya – the government proposed term is “Muslims from Rakhein State” and Military or Tatmadaw, including Arakan nationalist labeled them “Bengali” – and the conflict between the Ethnic Armed Organizations (EAOs) and the Military.
Even though the union parliament has rejected the labeling the Northern Alliance – Burma (NA-B), made up of Kachin Independence Army (KIA), Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA), Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) and Arakan Army (AA), that have launched an offensive on Tatmadaw or military and police outposts in Muse Township, northern Shan State along the Burma-China border, on 20 December, the Shan State parliament decided to do just that – tagging the NA-B members as terrorist organizations, on 7 December.