Mizzima:Christian cemetery being razed in Myitkyinar

by Myo Gyi

Ruili – Ignoring fervent appeals by Christian church leaders, the Burmese military junta authorities in Myitkyinar, Kachin State continue to raze a Christian cemetery in the town to the ground.

About half the tombs in the Christian cemetery in Dukathaung Ward, Myitkyinar have been razed by bulldozers. The demolition began on October 14.

“Elders of the Christian community and church leaders appealed to successive authorities not to destroy the cemetery. The cemetery was not touched when former Northern region regional commanders Maj. Gen. Maung Maung Swe and Maj. Gen. Ohn Myint were in charge of Kachin State. A ‘Physic Nut plantation project’ signboard was put up on the precincts. But the new regional commander has not paid heed to the request by local people and has begun to demolish it,” a local youth from Dukathaung Ward said.

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