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Thousands Flee Into Thailand to Escape Burma Fighting

In this photo taken Tuesday, June 9, 2009 released by Free Burma Rangers, Karen villagers board a pickup truck as they flee the fighting between Myanmar soldiers and Karen guerrillas into Thailand's Tha Song Yag district of Tak province.
Photo: AP

In this photo released by Free Burma Rangers, Karen villagers board a pickup truck as they flee the fighting between Burmese soldiers and Karen guerrillas into Thailand's Tha Song Yag district of Tak province in 2009 (FILE).


Thousands of people have fled into Thailand to escape escalating fighting in Burma, a day after the Burma's first election in 20 years. 

On Monday refugees flowed into the Thai town, Mae Sot, just across the river from Burma. 

They are escaping fighting between an ethnic Karen militia and the Burmese military, which began Sunday and appeared to escalate Monday.

VOA correspondent Daniel Schearf is at a football field being used to shelter the refugees.  He described the scene:

"There are hundreds, perhaps as many as 3-4,000 people sitting under tents and under trees. They've fled across from Burma … or were working in factories along the Thai side of the border," said Schearf. 

Some grenades and gunshots have landed on the Thai side, with at least three people reported injured.

On Sunday, Burma held its first election in 20 years. Supporters of the military government are expected to win most parliament seats. Human rights groups and many governments, including the United States, condemn the elections as being neither fair nor free.


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Burmese election results trickle in

Last Updated: Monday, November 8, 2010 | 5:46 AM ET 

Early results of Burma's first general election, widely condemned by critics as being unfair and undemocratic, suggest parties linked to the government are winning their races.

Meanwhile, thousands of refugees have fled to Thailand after Burmese government officials and rebels clashed following the first general election in 20 years on Sunday in the country, also known as Myanmar.

Myanmar citizens gather while waiting for food at the Border Patrol Police base in Thailand's Mae Sot town. Fighting between Burmese soldiers and  ethnic Karen fighters came a day after the country's first election in two decades.Myanmar citizens gather while waiting for food at the Border Patrol Police base in Thailand's Mae Sot town. Fighting between Burmese soldiers and ethnic Karen fighters came a day after the country's first election in two decades. (Apichart Weerawong/Associated Press)

Thai officials told The Associated Press that the main fighting involving Karen fighters occurred in the border town of Myawaddy. At least 10 people were wounded in the fighting that involved gun shots and mortar fire, the news agency reported.

As votes continue to be counted, state media and the Election Commission reported that 40 junta-backed candidates had already won their races.

The vote, boycotted by the main opposition National League for Democracy, has been condemned by a number of Western leaders.

Independent candidates say they faced obstacles to registering and campaigning. Many opposition parties faced expensive registration fees, which prevented them from fielding candidates, and many potential opposition candidates found themselves under arrest in the months leading up to the vote.

Foreign journalists and independent election monitors were barred from the country. The BBC managed to get a reporter into the country, but for security reasons, was not releasing that person's name.

The two main parties in the vote are closely aligned with the country's military junta.

The Union Solidarity and Development Party, which has the backing of the military government and is widely expected to emerge as the winner, fielded 1,112 candidates for the 1,159 seats in the two-house national parliament and 14 regional parliaments.

The USDP's main rival, the National Unity Party, was running 995 candidates. The National Unity Party is backed by supporters of the country's previous military ruler.

The third biggest party, the National Democratic Force, formed by breakaway members of Aung San Suu Kyi's party, fielded just 164 candidates, including 141 in the national parliament. It is the main standard-bearer for the broadly defined pro-democracy movement.



Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/world/story/2010/11/08/burma-election.html#ixzz14mD5GJcx


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