Adopting ethnographic and socially grounded approaches to research among Plong Karen Buddhists in Hpa-an, Chambers presses beyond readings of the former Democratic Karen Buddhist Army
(DKBA) and its commanders as coercive and extractive (Smith 1999; South 2011).
Thus the SSA finds as its chief opponent the United WA State Army, a proxy of the government, and the KNU confront the bizarrely-named pro-government Democratic Karen Buddhist Army
. It was a good use of "Divide and Rule" policy of letting the two domestic cocks fight and when both of them are exhausted one can easily catch them to make a delicious meal.
"The clashes appear to be between a faction linked to the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army
(DKBA) and government-backed troops," Ortigas said.
Naw Zipporah Sein, general secretary of the Karen National Union, told Kyodo News the raids at both locations in Myanmar were the work of a sprinter faction of the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army
. The DKBA is a ceasefire group allied with the junta.
(1) So-called democratic elections were held; "The Lady," Aung San Suu Kyi, was released from house arrest; and fighting broke out between a faction of the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army
(DKBA) and the Tatmadaw, the junta's military arm, in Myawaddy and surrounding areas at the other end of the Friendship Bridge between Thailand and Burma.
David Thaw said Ler Per Her camp in Myanmar, which sheltered internal refugees, had been abandoned and that government troops along with those of the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army
were trying to overrun five Karen positions in the area of the camp.
The Burmese army and its allies, the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army
(DKBA), began a major offensive against Karen villages just a few weeks before Fr Marcus's visit.
In October 2005, a proregime Democratic Karen Buddhist Army
(DKBA) group from Kawkareik District, Karen State, reportedly detained three members of the local IRAC, including the chairman, and kept them in an underground cell.
The Myanmar army and the allied Democratic Karen Buddhist Army
(DKBA) on Tuesday attacked the KNU stronghold in a border area near the Thai village of Nong Bua in Tha Song Yang district of Tak province, more than 500 kilometers north of Bangkok.
Sporadic armed clashes has been going on recently between the junta's troops and armed ethnic groups such as the Karen National Union (KNU), the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army
(DKBA) Brigade 5, the Shan State Army-North (SSA-North) and Shan State Army-South (SSA-South).
In Kayin State, the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army
, which broke from the KNU in mid 1990s, has been told to recruit more soldiers.
Since 1994, when the pro-government Democratic Karen Buddhist Army
(DKBA) was organized, there has been armed conflict between the DKBA and the predominately Christian anti-government Karen National Union (KNU).