Chinese factories set ablaze in Myanmar. China and Taiwan react differently…

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At least six killed after factory owner calls in military in Hlaing Tharyar 

Police publicly executed a woman who was the leader of the workers

Myanmar Now
Published on Mar 17, 2021

At least six people were killed on Tuesday following a wage dispute at a Chinese-owned shoe factory in Yangon’s Hlaing Tharyar Township after the owner called in the junta’s armed forces. 

The workers had gone to the Xing Jia factory in Industrial Zone (1) to collect their wages, but conflict arose when they were not given the full payment they were owed, according to a Hlaing Tharyar resident from Daing Su ward who was familiar with the incident. 

The owner, a Chinese national, then called the military and police, according to local sources. 

“The soldiers and police came into the factory and surrounded it. The police slapped a girl who was the leader of the workers. When she hit back, they shot her,” the Hlaing Tharyar local told Myanmar Now. 

The troops and police then arrested around 70 workers and loaded them onto two prisoner transport trucks. When people gathered to demand their release, the armed forces opened fire into the crowd, killing five more people, all men. 

“The confrontation at the factory happened in the morning. When we gathered and went to demand the release of the arrested workers, it was about 2:30 in the afternoon,” the Hlaing Tharyar local said. 

“They used live ammunition to shoot us. We all had to run, but five were killed. We couldn’t bring their bodies back, so we had to drag them away and put them in ditches.”

They were able to recover the body of one fallen worker at 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, and some of the remaining bodies by 4:00 a.m. on Wednesday. 

“We had to hide all night. There were six dead, we got four bodies back. They’re being kept at a Buddhist hall in the ward. We can’t take back two of the bodies, that of the girl shot in the factory and another man,” the local said. 

At the time of reporting, he said he was on the run, along with 17 others, after being reported by another local for leading the protest. That individual is now also reportedly in hiding. 

Injured protesters are being treated at Pun Hlaing hospital. 

Myanmar Now is still gathering further information about the incident, and other reports of new fatal crackdowns in Hlaing Tharyar.  

https://www.myanmar-now.org/en/news/at-least-six-killed-after-factory-owner-calls-in-military-in-hlaing-tharyar

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Two Chinese workers injured after plants smashed, burned in Myanmar

Updated 15:46, 15-Mar-2021CGTN

Two Chinese workers were injured after several Chinese-funded factories were damaged and burned on Sunday, the Chinese Embassy in Myanmar told the Global Times on Monday, noting that the incident caused property losses of about 240 million yuan of 32 Chinese-funded factories. 

The embassy on Sunday urged Myanmar to take action to stop violence and punish perpetrators.

“China urges Myanmar to take further effective measures to stop all acts of violence, punish the perpetrators in accordance with the law and ensure the safety of life and property of Chinese companies and personnel in Myanmar,” read the statement.

China also called on the people of Myanmar to express their demands in a lawful manner and not be incited or used in a way that undermines China-Myanmar ties, according to the statement.

The statement came after over 10 factories, including some Chinese-funded enterprises, were vandalized and set on fire at an industrial zone in Myanmar’s Yangon city on Sunday.

Carrying iron rods, axes and gasoline, the arsonists beat the security personnel and set fires at the factories’ entrances and in warehouses.

Vehicles and nearby shops were also vandalized.

According to reports, the identities of arsonists have not been ascertained yet.

https://news.cgtn.com/news/2021-03-14/Two-Chinese-funded-garment-factories-set-on-fire-in-Myanmar-YCP1cUIQIE/index.html

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