Myanmar Military Is Preparing For New Crackdown

As the military junta has ordered its unit commanders and other senior officers to prepare for combat, the crackdown on its opponents is likely to intensify in the coming days. There has been an increase in daily unrest, including killings and bombings carried out by anti-regime civilian fighters against regime troops and their associates throughout the country.
The Irrawaddy reported that the order was sent to commanders last week. The order was issued directly by the military’s top command in Naypyitaw, the capital.
In the message, the commanders were also warned that terrorists might intercept their messages, and they were instructed to use jamming devices. They were also instructed to remain in combat mode at all times.
People of all walks of life opposed the military rule after the coup in February. After the junta’s brutal crackdown on protesters, many young people have taken up arms.arms. Since then, anyone who opposes the regime has been branded a terrorist.
Commanders were instructed to set up more checkpoints and to launch surprise checks in residential areas in response to this order.
Across the country, including in Yangon, bloody attacks against the regime have become more frequent this month. A rail train carrying policemen was attacked last week by four unknown attackers on Yangon’s Circular Railway, highlighting the bloody reality that civilian resistance against the junta has yet to wane, more than six months into the regime’s rule. The regime in upper Myanmar admitted that aircraft were damaged during an attack on an airbase. In response, the junta conducted more night raids and manhunts. A joint force of police and military personnel arrested at least 15 young people in Yangon this week. They looted goods and valuables from homes while doing so.
Raids have led to deaths in some cases. To avoid being captured by the junta in Yangon, five young people jumped from a building on Aug. 10. There were two deaths, among them a young woman, and three injuries and arrests. Three injured persons have been hospitalized by the military regime, but their families have been denied access to them.
The attacks against the junta are mostly carried out by loosely organized resistance forces, mostly known as the People’s Defense Force (PDF), in Yangon and elsewhere. They have used homemade weapons, grenades, and guns. The regime has branded them “terrorists” who are destabilizing the country.
Myanmar’s junta designated the shadow National Unity Government (NUG) and its affiliated Committee Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (CRPH) as terrorist groups in May 2021, blocking any direct the organization’s efforts to promote democracy.
Eventually, the NUG formed the People’s Defense Force (PDF), saying it was necessary to stop killings and other violent acts against the people committed by the junta, which calls itself the State Administration Council. The NUG’s Defense Ministry said many youth members are being trained.
According to analysts and diplomats in Yangon, the regime is concerned about coordinated attacks in the countryside and in the city. Residents report seeing more security personnel on busy streets and inside buildings, including plainclothes soldiers and police.
In the countryside, the military’s security forces frequently clash with PDF members and ethnic militias.
In June 2021, in response to increasing attacks and assassinations, the junta formed Pyu Saw Htee groups around the country, reportedly with the support of the military, to combat the anti-regime movement. The first PDF was formed in mid-May after the formation of the PDFs.
Since the coup in February, Myanmar has been in turmoil, and the junta hasn’t been able to restore stability. So far, over 1,000 people have been killed and over 4,000 have been detained.

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