Opposition Is Going To War Against The Myanmar Military

Myanmar-al JazMyanmar’s shadow government has called for a “people’s defensive war” against the military, leading to fighting in borderlands, according to media reports, as several powerful ethnic groups supported the call to arms.
Duwa Lashi La, the acting president of the National Unity Government (NUG), formed by the legislators who were ousted in a February 1 coup, called for a nationwide uprising.
A video statement posted on Facebook summarized his statement. “The National Unity Government … [has] launched a people’s defensive war against the military junta,” he said.
“This is a public revolution, and all citizens of Myanmar, from every corner of the country, will revolt against the rule of Min Aung Hlaing’s military terrorists.”
As the new parliament was about to convene, the military overthrew Aung San Suu Kyi’s elected government, causing turmoil in Myanmar. Following the coup, there have been widespread protests and civil disobedience movements, to which the military has responded with deadly force. More than 1,000 people have been killed and thousands have been arrested, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners. In turn, the crackdown triggered armed opposition to the military’s rule, particularly in Myanmar’s borderlands, as opponents joined ethnic armed groups and formed the People’s Defence Forces (PDF).
Tens of thousands of people have been displaced by the violence.
The diplomatic efforts to end the turmoil have failed, however, despite sanctions from Western countries and pressure from Southeast Asian neighbors. Duwa Lashi La accused the military of committing “war crimes” against innocent civilians in his video and urged ethnic groups to “immediately attack” it and regain control of their lands.

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