The Shadow Government Of Myanmar Have Launched Soldiers To Fight Myanmar Military

In what is called a “people’s defensive war,” Myanmar’s shadow government urged citizens to revolt against the military junta.
During a video address posted on his Facebook page on Tuesday, acting president of the National Unity Government (NUG) Duwa Lashi La urged militias and ethnic armed groups to attack military forces.
“The National Unity Government … launched a people’s defensive war against the military junta to protect lives and properties of the people,” Duwa Lashi La said.
The NUG is made up of former lawmakers, opponents of the coup, and ethnic minority leaders who seek recognition as the legitimate government of Myanmar. The organization operates undercover or through members based abroad.
Due to the nature of this revolution, all citizens of Myanmar will revolt against Min Aung Hlaing’s rule, said Duwa Lashi La, as he urged civil servants to resign their posts.
Min Aung Hlaing, Myanmar’s military chief, staged a coup on February 1, overthrowing Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy government. The junta leader declared himself prime minister and installed a caretaker government last month.
The military has waged a bloody crackdown on nationwide protests and opposition to its rule over the past eight months. According to advocacy group Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, more than 1,000 people have been killed and more than 7,800 arrested by security forces.
The local resistance has formed to defend towns and villages and carry out guerrilla-style attacks on military forces. The fighting between Myanmar soldiers and these militia groups has displaced thousands, particularly in ethnic minority areas.
In parallel with the global uprising, we must initiate a nationwide uprising in every village, city and town in Myanmar at the same time. “Our goal is to remove Min Aung Hlaing and eliminate dictatorship once and for all” says Duwa Lashi La.
Duwa Lashi La told ethnic armed groups to “immediately attack Min Aung Hlaing and the military council” and to “fully control your lands.”
Moreover, he encouraged police, military, and military-appointed government workers to join the resistance.
“This is a just revolution. A revolution necessary for building a peaceful nation and establishing a federal union,” he said.tary for comment.
Maj. Gen. Nerdah Bo Mya, commander of the ethnic armed group Karen National Defense Organization, which operates in southeastern Karen state, said it supports the NUG’s announcement.
“All the ethnic armed groups should coordinate and work together to fight and support each other,” he told CNN. “Today marks the beginning of Burma’s downfall from the military regime. D-Day is approaching.”
So far, international efforts to stop the violence in Myanmar have failed.
As Reuters reports, Western governments, including the United States, the United Kingdom, and the European Union, have imposed sanctions on the junta and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) named a special representative in Myanmar who is negotiating a visit to the country.
This announcement comes two weeks before the UN General Assembly meets in New York on September 21 and before a decision is expected on who will fill the Myanmar representative to the UN’s seat: a member of the military council, or NUG.
“The NUG will be aiming to show that the regime does not have ‘effective control’ over Myanmar to undermine its chances of being seated at the UN,” said Richard Horsey, senior adviser to the International Crisis Group on Myanmar. The NUG is looking to put its stamp on these efforts and give them a further boost.”
Despite widespread opposition in the country to the coup, it is unclear how much influence and controls the NUG has over various people’s resistance groups.
The violent confrontation is likely to continue, Horsey said, since the population is determined to resist and the regime is determined to hold on. The ASEAN mission still has not visited the country, and just three days ago, its special envoy called for a ceasefire.”

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