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Situation in Mogoke
Interview with a resident of Mogoke town, Mandalay division
"Security has been tightened in Mogoke. We cannot even move around. Activities have almost come to a standstill. Soldiers and police are everywhere on street junctions and corners. At least two to three soldiers and policemen or in some places up to seven have been positioned."
"The vehicle of Myat Saythana humanitarian assistance group that followed the protest march on September 28, was seized today at about 1 p.m. As the group's chairman evaded arrest, his father, who resides in Padamya (Ruby) ward, was arrested instead."
"Authorities came to look for U Hla Oo, chairman of the NLD Mogoke. But when they came to his house, family members told them that U Hla Oo had gone to Mandalay for medical checkup."
Banning of Assemblies
"Since September 28, about 12 military trucks have been making rounds of Mogoke town at night after 8 p.m. They have announced that nobody should come out of their houses and gathering of more than five people is prohibited."
Gambari in Muse, Shan State
UN special envoy, Ibrahim Gambari, who is in Burma for the third day, is reported to have left for Shan State in eastern Burma to survey developments in the border area and also witness the junta organized National Convention supported gatherings.
"We heard that Gambari is currently at the 105th mile border trade zone watching trade transactions. He will arrive in Muse soon. He has came to Lashio in a special flight and from there he came in a helicopter to 105th mile trade zone. He will go back to Lashio in northern Shan state and witness the junta-organized gathering of people in support of the National Convention," local residents said,
The 105th mile trade zone is located about seven miles west of the town on the Mandalay-Muse Highway.
Security tightened in Myingyan, Monks sent back
Security has been tightened in Myingyan town of Mandalay division and authorities have ordered monks to return to their native places.
"Security is tightened here, but so far there is no arrest of monks. Abbots in the monasteries are sending back their students to their native places. The abbot of the Zawthikah monasteries have sent back all students (young monks and novices). The monks are finding it difficult to return home. They are without Swan (food for monks) and money for their travel so young people in the locality are collecting money to donate to the monks. Now they have got about 500,000 kyat and with that the monks are returning to their native places," a local resident told Mizzima.
Most of the learning monks in Myingyan belong to Taungoo, Pyinmana and Laywai towns in Burma.
Situation in Mandalay
In Mandalay, Burma's second largest city where some students protested yesterday, eyewitnesses said people are seen in groups and another protest could be expected to begin at about 2 p.m. (local time).
Security has been increased on the 78th Street but it remains normal in other places including 35th and 34th Streets.
Authorities have assembled several members of the USDA and Swan Arrshin on a daily wage of 3000 kyat.
"They called people from the slums of Chan Aye Thar Zan Township last night. They were told to they will get a daily wage of 3000 kyat and would work for security. We believe the authorities will first deploy these people to crackdown on any protest," a local resident told Mizzima.
Monasteries continue to be guarded and in some monasteries several dozen armed soldiers are have been sent as reinforcements.
According to local residents, Regiment 11 has been brought into the city since yesterday.
Currently, military division 33, 22 and police are incharge of the security in Mandalay.
Authorities assemble people in Taung Dwingyi to support NC
"What happened was that members of the USDA were called for a meeting at the Ward Peace and Development Council office. And the members of USDA and WPDC went from door to door to calling on people to attend a gathering in support of the government's roadmap and National Convention. And those attending will be given 3000 Kyat but those not attending will be fined 10,000 kyat," a local resident of Taung Dwingyi told Mizzima.