"There are many new faces and strangers since the University opened in June. If they are our (university) students from the previous semester in 2006, we ought to know their faces," said Ko Lin (not his real name), a final year student from the Mawlamyine University.
These strangers or informers are everywhere. They sit in the teashops, pretending to be students and watch the situation in the campus, according to another student from the same major.
The owners of private hostels and teashops have been directed by the SPDC to inform the authorities of any 'suspicious' activities including public gatherings and political talk. An owner of a teashop near the campus said the SPDC has warned that they will take action on those who fail to inform them if any unrest or demonstration began.
There are about 50 teashops and 70 private hostels near the Mawlamyine University campus.
The SPDC has imposed regulations on local residents including ordering teashops near the campus to be closed by 10 p.m. and ensuring the women's hostels are locked after 8 p.m.
A university student, whose father works for the SPDC's intelligence wing, said there are about 200 informers who watch the activities of university students in Mawlamyine.
However, the Literature and Culture Clubs (Associations) belonging to ethnic minorities have not been given any warning by the SPDC. As is normal when there is a gathering, the SPDC asks to be informed and closely watches the event, said a teacher from the Mon Literature and Culture Club.
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