Fighting between government troops and soldiers from the Democratic Karen Benevolent Army broke out March 11 at around 2 pm near Kawkareik Town, according to Karen News on March 12.
Myanmar President Thein Sein arrived in Kuala Lumpur on March 12 for a two-day stay, his first state visit to Malaysia, according to the Global New Light of Myanmar on March 12.
Several government soldiers have been killed in fighting with the Kokang armed forces over two days of military engagements.
Seventeen students arrested during the police crackdown in Letpadan were released from Thayawady Prison on March 12 after they signed a pledge not to violate the Article 18 of the Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful Processions Law, Ma Yi Mo Mo Aung, a third-year student from the University of East Yangon, who was released on March 12, told Mizzima.
Myanmar state media has announced an inquiry into a Yangon protest crackdown, the first of two recent violent confrontations with student demonstrators, which sparked international alarm and raised fears of a return to junta-era repression.
The Karen Women’s Organization has successfully completed a lobbying trip to the UK, during which they had the chance to state their dismay at British government training of the Myanmar army, according to a press release issued on March 11.
The leading committee for compiling the human rights report on Myanmar held their second meeting at the Ministry of Home Affairs in Nay Pyi Taw on March 9, reports Myawady on March 10.
Plain clothes police officers are closely monitoring university students protesting the National Education Bill in Moulmein, Mon State, reports Burma News International on March 10.
Riot police were quick to crack down on a march in Hledan market in Yangon, beating several protesters on March 10.
The United States condemned a violent police crackdown on a student rally in Myanmar on March 10, urging the government to respect the right to assembly.