Rumours surfaced that 19 SSPP members were killed in a dispute

Rumours spread that 19 members of Shan State Progressive Party (SSPP) were killed by their own comrades for disobedience, according to locals.

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.

“The SSPP killed seven of their own members and the TNLA killed 12 members of the SSPP including a female military medical officer. Some of the SSPP members didn’t want to fight against the RCSS as they are of the same race. It happened recently during a military operation,” said a local.

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 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.

“The first SSPP member killed was called “Africa”. It’s a nickname. He was killed as an example to punish disobedience. The SSPP ordered its members to fight the RCSS forces along with the TNLA. They were ordered to be executed if they don’t seem to want to fight the RCSS forces,” said a civilian.

The Daily Eleven was unable to make contact with the SSPP spokesperson in concern with the rumors of their in-fighting.

“It is better to ask the SSPP as the case happened between them. I have received no information about it,” said TNLA spokesperson Major Tar Aike Kyaw.