Mekong Utility Watch

Burma ‘is using dams to drive out dissident villagers’

The Telegraph (London)
June 9, 2006

Four dams are being built on Burma’s Salween [Nu] River, ostensibly in the name of regional development. But campaigners say the dams, which will flood areas the Karen minority hope one day to make their independent homeland, amount to an act of war.

Tha Ta Fang: Four dams are being built on Burma’s mighty Salween River, ostensibly in the name of regional development. But campaigners say the dams, which will flood areas that the Karen minority hope one day to make their independent homeland, amount to an act of war. The huge hydro-electric schemes, a joint venture by Burma, Thailand’s electricity authority and a private company, will put hundreds of square miles of Karen land in both Burma and Thailand under water. “The Salween dam project will be a weapon strategy to clear out the ethnic minorities,” said Zao Noam, an environmental researcher in Thailand. “They talk the rhetoric of development but really this is violent military territorialisation.” … The four dams on the 1,740-mile Salween, which rises in Tibet, flows through China and Burma and along the Thai-Burmese border before emptying into the Andaman Sea, will generate more than 13,000 megawatts of electricity, much of it to be sold to Thailand.

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