The military junta owned newspaper on Tuesday
falsely claimed that the junta forces
were not involved in the burning of two villages (namely
Ye Yoe Pyin and Kha Maung Taw) under Ponna Kyunt
The Myanmar Alin newspaper reported, "We
have identified the dissemination of false news and misinformation on social
networking sites regarding the alleged burning down of two villages in
Ponna Kyunt township, Rakhine
State, by security forces. Contrary to this, security forces in the area and
local residents confirm the absence of security force movements near these
villages. The illicit subversive media is instilling fear among the local
populace, disrupting peace and stability in the region, and undermining trust
in security forces. It is evident that this unlawful subversive media is
deliberately spreading false news and misinformation through social networks."
It may be mentioned that the military council's
light infantry battalion 270 entered Ye Yoe Pyin village at 2 pm on 3 December
with no resistance. The villagers witnessed how the soldiers fired artillery
shells along with small arms that destroyed the entire village.
A local villager refuted the newspaper's report
and claimed that the denial from soldiers in burning the village with 130
houses was wrong and shocking.
A Sittwe resident expressed his anger at the
motivated report of the Myanmar Alin newspaper. He asserted that it was a great
disappointment for the Rakhine people.
After burning Ye Yoe Pyin village, the
soldiers proceeded to burn the
nearby Kha Maung Taw village at around 4 pm
on the same day.
According to the residents,
approximately 5 houses in
their village were burned down by the soldiers.
Besides the two villages, many residents in the
neighboring villages like
Aung Myae Kone, Aung Zeya, Sar Taung Poke and
Kan Chaung have fled from the places to take shelter in