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Twenty People Have Been Detained by the NMSP over Illegal Drugs

Kaowao
Sunday, December 16, 2012

Twenty people have been arrested in the month since the New Mon State Party (NMSP) launched its anti-drug campaign last month.

Speaking to Kaowao, Nai Oung Ma Nge, the NMSP director of Tavoy District, said, “We are worried about our people, which is why at we have had to help them by detaining them. If the government detained them on drug offenses, they would have received harsher punishment.”

Detainees who were allegedly used illegal drugs and were detained by NMSP. (Photo:NMSP)

The twenty drug offenders are from Ye Township, and other areas of Mon State. They have been detained at different bases and given education aimed at helping them overcome their addiction. All detainees are between the ages of 15 and 25, according to sources.

Amphetamines are one of illegal drugs whose use has been steadily increasing in Mon youth. According to the NMSP, in the last month several families have come forward and handed over their drug addicted children for recovery under the NMSP plan.

Nai Tun from Kalawthut Village in Mudon Township is the head of one of the families who made this difficult decision. He handed over his drug-addicted son to the NMSP, says a source close to the family.

NMSP officials launched their anti-drug campaign last month across Mon State, even though the Mon townships are officially controlled by the Burmese government.

Mon people have blamed the Burmese authorities for the spike in drug use in Mon teenagers because not enough action was taken in the past to affect the dealers of illegal drugs such amphetamines and Krathom.

The use of illegal drugs is an issue all Mon political parties agree must be quelled. Nai Oung Chan, who hails from the Lamine sub-township Ye and is the chairman of the All Mon Regions Democracy Party, said, “Even children are using drugs, which proves how harmful drugs like amphetamines have affected a large number of Mon communities. The Burmese government has not done enough to police illegal drug use and arrest those breaking the law.”

In considering the impact of the new anti-drug campaign, Nai Oung Chan is optimistic. “I hope the recent NMSP arrests will help a lot in our ongoing battle against illegal drug use,” he said.

 

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