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Myanmar Military Suffered A Lot Of Casualties Last Month

October 11, 2021

Myanmar’s military regime has suffered its heaviest losses in a month since the Feb. 1 coup with over 1,500 soldiers killed as fighting mounts after the civilian National Unity Government (NUG) declared war on Sept 7.
NUG’s Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration reported that 1,562 soldiers were killed and 552 wounded – more than double August’s death toll – in attacks by ethnic armed groups and civilian resistance fighters between Sept 7 and Oct 6.
The civilian ministry stated that 953 attacks were made on military and administrative targets and military-owned businesses.
Yangon reported the highest number of explosions with 178, followed by Mandalay with 81.
Sagaing Region topped the list for violent clashes with 81, followed by Magwe Region, Kachin State, and Kayah State with 32, 30 and 22 clashes respectively, according to the report.
Since late March, people have taken up weapons, including slingshots, homemade air-guns, and firearms, to resist the junta in response to the killing of peaceful, anti-regime protesters across the country.
Resistance forces step up operations against the regime after the NUG declared war against the regime on Sept 7.
The military regime’s spokesman, Major General Zaw Min Tun, admitted that attacks on junta personnel increased in Yangon and Mandalay after the NUG’s announcement.
On Oct 3, around 100 junta soldiers were killed in 37 attacks, including firefights with junta troops, ambushes on military convoys, and raids on security outposts and military-owned businesses.
In June and July, around 1,130 soldiers were killed and in August, around 580 soldiers were killed, according to the NUG.
The junta forces have also escalated inspections, arrests, raids and violence, including burning down and bombarding residential areas, especially in the resistance strongholds of Sagaing and Magwe regions and Chin and Kayah states.
According to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, which monitors arrests and killings by junta forces, at least 1,160 people have been killed and more than 8,800 arrested since the coup.
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The Myanmar Military Does Not Want Muslims To Join Opposition Army

September 11, 2021

Myanmar’s military warned Muslim village leaders in Kyauktaw Township, Rakhine State, not to complain to the Arakan Army and its political wing, the United League of Arakan.
AA forces and Myanmar’s military fought for almost three years, with the military suffering heavy casualties and leaving hundreds of thousands of civilians displaced. However, the fighting ceased in November 2020.
Since the Feb. 1 coup, the AA has asserted its control over much of Rakhine State, appointed political affairs officers, and begun making administrative decisions. Since then, it has taken over judicial decisions.
According to a village leader who asked not to be identified, the commander of the military’s Light Infantry Battalion 375 summoned administrators and community representatives from five villages to its headquarters on September 6 and told them not to complain to the AA.
We were told to file complaints with the police or general administrative departments, not the AA. “If they couldn’t help, they told us to contact the military,” he said.
According to the village leader, the commander of the battalion and the commander of Military Operations Command 9, based in Kyauktaw, attended the meeting. They were told that the AA is not a legitimate government.
Major General Twan Myat Naing of the AA recently told an overseas media group that the group is seeking legal advice about exerting executive and judicial control in Rakhine State. According to him, Muslim villages will also be administered.
Kyauktaw’s Muslim villagers said their representatives deal with administrative issues, since the police do not investigate crimes.

Myanmar Muslim Reporter Put In Solitary Confinement For Fasting For Ramadan

May 7, 2021

Kay Zon Nway, a Myanmar Now reporter who was arrested while reporting on a demonstration against a coup in Yangon in late February 2021, has been placed in solitary confinement at Insein Prison after she began fasting for Ramadan.
As a result of being charged under Section 505a of the Penal Code for incitement, she has been placed under solitary confinement since April 28. It was only when her lawyer, Nilar Khine, saw her on Thursday that she discovered this.
She says she didn’t do anything that Nilar Khine said. Some people do sit-in protests in prison, but she fasts because it’s Ramadan. She’s being arrested for no reason.
Prison officials couldn’t be reached for further information about her situation. Thursday’s hearing was held at the prison, not at a court.
Kay Zon Nway was accused falsely of fasting for Ramadan when the government arrested her, a woman recently released from Insein who had been arrested for protesting.
Some individuals have told prison officials that she is fasting because she is protesting.
Nilar Khine said that the plaintiff in the case, a deputy police major at Sanchaung police station, testified at Thursday’s hearing that she was arrested for inciting protests underneath the Myaynigone bridge in Sanchaung.
According to Nilar Khine, Kay Zon Nway has a right to report under Myanmar’s media law.
Her lawyer explained that she only had her phone and a tripod for the phone when she was arrested. Those items were used for reporting and not protesting.
The case against freelancer reporter Soe Yarzar Tun was also heard at Thursday’s hearing. The next hearing is scheduled for May 20th, 2021.
The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) reports that 48 reporters are currently being detained in Myanmar in April of 2021.