SSPP denies the rumours of its 19 members killed by their own comrades

Shan State Progressive Party (SSPP) said the rumours of its 19 members killed by their comrades for disobedience are wrong.

“We want the public to know that the rumor is totally wrong. It tarnishes our organization’s reputation,” said Major Sai Phone Han, spokesperson of the SSPP.

Forces of Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) fought against forces of Restoration Council of Shan State (RCSS) in northern Shan State earlier after the RCSS signed nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) in 2015. Later in this year, forces of the SSPP joined up with the TNLA to fight against the RCSS.

Local sources said 19 members of Shan State Progressive Party (SSPP) were killed by their comrades for disobedience in their military operations and the SSPP denied it.

“We want to say that the news is not true. It makes us lose our dignity,” said the spokesperson.

Heavy fighting occurred between RCSS and SSPP/TNLA forces in Namtu Township, Shan State (North) in last August and locals have been steadily fleeing from their homes there.

Some villagers were killed in a recent fighting that occurred between forces of RCSS and SSPP/TNLA in Panglon village as well as during skirmishes that occurred in Kyaukme and Hsipaw townships.