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Thailand Will Soon End The Use Of The Sinovac Vaccine

October 19, 2021

Thailand will end the usage of the Covid-19 vaccine of China’s Sinovac when its modern-day inventory finishes, a senior Public Health Ministry reputable stated on Monday, having used the shot appreciably in aggregate with Western-developed vaccines.
Thailand used over 31.5 million Sinovac doses when you consider that February, beginning with two doses to frontline workers, high-risk groups, and residents of Phuket, the excursion island that reopened to vacationers in July in a pilot scheme.
In July, Thailand commenced inoculating human beings with Sinovac as a first dose accompanied by using the Oxford University-developed AstraZene”We anticipate to have disbursed all Sinovac doses this week,” stated Dr. Opas Karnkawinpong, the Department of Disease Control director-general, including the software will change to combining the AstraZeneca vaccine with that made with the aid of Pfizer and BioNTech.
Thailand subsequent yr plans to purchase a hundred and twenty million Covid-19 vaccine doses incomplete and has already booked 60 million doses of AstraZeneca, a vaccine it manufactures locally.
Thailand has stated it will solely procure vaccines high-quality in opposition to new Thailand was once the first us of to mix Chinese and Western shots, an approach its fitness officers stated has proved effective.
It has so a ways vaccinated 36% of the estimated seventy-two million humans who stay in Thailand and hopes to attain 70% through year-end.
U. s . is forging in advance with a quarantine-free reopening format subsequent month of 17 provinces to vaccinated arrivals from low-risk countries. Included will be locations like Pattaya, Hua Hin, Chiang Mai, and Bangkok.
Thailand has recorded almost 1.8 million instances and 18,336 fatalities overall, greater than 98% in the past seven months.

Myanmar’s Next School Term Is Going To Be Messy

October 18, 2021

The army council is reportedly planning to reopen primary, center, and excessive colleges as early as November in spite of persisted threats of Covid-19 and ongoing instructor strikes and scholar boycotts in accordance with the Civil Disobedience Movement (CDM) aimed at toppling the junta.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, most colleges had been already closed at the time of Myanmar’s February 1 navy coup. The junta tried to reopen them nationwide on June 1, the beginning of Myanmar’s educational year, however extra than half of the country’s 400,000 instructors have been on strike and simply 10 percent of the estimated 9 million college students nationwide opted to enroll. More than a hundred placing instructors have additionally been charged beneath the Penal Code’s Section 505a for incitement, in accordance with the Myanmar Teachers’ Federation.
Those faculties that did reopen in June have later closed once more on July 9 when the 1/3 wave of the pandemic hit the country.
However, a picture of a navy council note in Ayeyarwady Region’s Yegyi Township has these days long past viral online instructing the township schooling officer to put together the colleges to reopen in November.
While a professional date for reopening has now not been announced, the junta’s records group alluded on Wednesday that such a tournament used to be coming near however had been obstructed via anti-coup entities.
They accused “political extremist participants and supporters” of the National League for Democracy, the National Unity Government and the Committee Representing the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw of committing arson in schools, inciting violence, and threatening schooling team of workers into becoming a member of the CDM “while officers made preparations for the reopening of schools.”
A spokesperson from the strike committee of a union for simple training staff—and a hanging instructor himself—said his team is in opposition to any pass through the army to reopen colleges and brush aside it as a strive by way of the generals to normalize army administration.
As the people’s resistance struggle in opposition to the army and the “revolutionary momentum” continues to attain strength, he stated that neither he nor his colleagues may want to ruin away from the movement.
“It is simply not possible for us to end up non-CDM [staff] once more due to the fact we have stayed sturdy even below their rigorous oppression. In this contemporary situation, we don’t care if they reopen schools—we will proceed our resistance,” he said.
Presumably, in connection with the reopening of schools, the navy council additionally declared in its newspaper on Wednesday that it used to be launching a nationwide Covid-19 vaccination software thru October 25 for college students over the age of 12 the use of the Chinese-manufactured Sinovac. However, they furnished small print solely for how these vaccines would be administered in the capital, Naypyitaw.
Education workforce throughout us of an established to Myanmar Now that they had been informed the equal announcement with the aid of neighborhood junta authorities that the faculty would open following the vaccination scheme.
Vaccination prices are low amongst adults, with quotes unknown without for facts launched via the junta’s fitness branch on Tuesday suggesting that simply 4.2 million of Myanmar’s extra than 50 million humans have obtained two doses of any jab.
Khant Lu Aung, the father of an excessive college scholar from Mandalay who would be eligible for re-enrolment and vaccination, stated he did no longer ship his son again to college after the army seized energy and would proceed to hold him out of the junta’s schooling system.
“Under a dictatorship, I am now not fascinated in whether or not the faculties open or close. Even if they are without a doubt going to reopen, I won’t let my youngster go there. Under their rule, whether or not it is healthcare or education, nothing is reliable,” Khant Lu Aung informed Myanmar Now.
Nilar Win, a principal college instructor taking phase in the CDM who selected now not to disclose her place for safety reasons, advised Myanmar Now she was once worried about the security of maybe bringing college students lower back to faculty subsequent month, given the fitness disaster and the ongoing instability in the country.
“It is very questionable that they are reopening colleges for the children’s well-being,” she said, including that the junta has even talked to instructors about “squeezing two college years into one” to make up for gaining knowledge of time misplaced all through the pandemic.
Teaching modules are commonly divided into 36 weeks of lessons, she explained, including that no data had been shared with instructors about the upcoming curriculum.
Khant Lu Aung advised Myanmar Now that he had organized for his infant to learn about some educational topics online in the course of the cutting-edge faculty 12 months however that he did no longer have a long-term sketch for their schooling amid the unrest.
Myanmar Now tried to contact the govt director of the junta’s schooling branch Ko Lay Win to remark on the deliberate reopening of schools, however, the calls went unanswered.

New Poll Says People Are Not Ready For Reopening

October 18, 2021

A new poll from Suan Dusit Rajabhat University expresses the majority opinion that Thailand is not ready for a reopening to international tourism. The Suan Dusit Poll was conducted from October 11 to 14 with 1,329 people from all over Thailand responding online.
The poll was conducted to gauge the people of Thailand’s feelings about PM Prayut Chan-o-cha announcing that the country would undertake a large reopening on November 1, less than 2 weeks from now.
When the poll administers asked respondents the more vague question of if Thailand is ready to reopen to international travelers without any quarantine requirement, and when asked the more specific question of if November 1 was the right date to commence this reopening, the answer was nearly identical.
For both questions, 60% of the poll respondents said no and 40% said yes, indicating that the majority of Thai people don’t think November 1 is the right time to reopen and further believe that the country is just not ready for a reopening.
Some key questions and answers from the Dusit Poll on reopening:


75% – more than 70% of the population needs to be vaccinated with quality vaccines
69% – the ability to contain the pandemic
68% – health services, hospitals, and medical personnel must be ready
66% – mandatory testing of people before entering places
65% – confidence in safety in airports, public transport, restaurants, and hotels

72% – Thai population has not yet been fully vaccinated
70% – Covid-19 could spread further in the country
66% – tourists could bring in the virus
61% – worry over new variants
56% – no clear plans if Covid-19 spreads

77% – revival of the economy
75% – the return of employment and salaries
68% – national income from tourism
64% – revival of tourism-related businesses
58% – restore confidence in Thailand for investors and business operators

83% – Covid-19 infections might again rise
75% – lockdown could be reinstated
60% – health services might not be prepared
55% – illegal border crossings might increase
48% – people’s living conditions might be affected

Myanmar Military LeadeNot Be Allowed To Attend ASEAN Summit

October 17, 2021

The head of Myanmar’s military junta will be excluded from an upcoming Asean summit, the group said on Saturday, a rare rebuke as concerns rise over the military government’s commitment to defusing a bloody crisis.
Foreign ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations agreed at an emergency meeting late Friday that Min Aung Hlaing would not be invited to the leaders’ meeting on Oct 26-28, the current Asean chair Brunei said.
The bloc, widely considered a toothless organisation for its rigid devotion to “non-interference” in each other’s internal affairs, took a strong stand after the junta rebuffed requests for a special envoy to meet with all parties concerned — a phrase seen to include ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
The statement noted “insufficient progress” in the implementation of a five-point plan agreed by ASEAN leaders in April to end turmoil following a coup in February.
Some member states recommended giving “space to Myanmar to restore its internal affairs and return to normalcy”.
It was decided “to invite a non-political representative from Myanmar” to the summit, “while noting the reservations from the Myanmar representative”, the statement said.
Mustafa Izzuddin, a global affairs analyst at the consultancy Solaris Strategies Singapore, called the exclusion “a political stopgap measure for Asean to assuage international criticism”.
“Second, it ensures its regional reputation as an organization that can still play an active role in Southeast Asian affairs,” he told AFP.
Izzuddin also said the move sent a “political signal” to the junta “that ASEAN is not one to be pushed around, and that Myanmar must show its seriousness and its commitment to roll out the five-point plan”.
Myanmar, mostly ruled by the military since a 1962 coup, has been a thorn in Asean’s side since it joined in 1997.
Elections in 2015 won by Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) party ushered in the start of civilian rule — but this was cut short by the coup.
ASEAN has been under international pressure to address unrest that erupted after the putsch, including massive protests; renewed clashes between the military and ethnic rebel armies in border regions; and an economy spiraling into freefall.
The bloc has expressed disappointment at a lack of cooperation from the junta, which continues to crack down brutally on dissent. More than 1,000 civilians have been killed, according to a local monitoring group.
Part of the consensus was to allow a long-delayed visit by a special envoy, Brunei’s Second Foreign Minister Erywan Yusof.
ASEAN has insisted that he meets with all parties concerned, but the junta rejected any proposed meetings with people on trial, among them Aung San Suu Kyi, who is facing charges including sedition and flouting coronavirus restrictions during last year’s polls.
Member nations had already voiced their disappointment at the path the junta has chosen.

Thai Crime:A New Bill Will Change How Thailand Will Do Drug Sentences

October 17, 2021

A new bill that will give drug convicts the chance to reduce their jail terms is set to become law, according to the Department of Corrections.
Ayut Sinthoppan, director-general of the department,, revealed that the bill, which seeks to amend the Act on Promulgating the Narcotics Code, has been passed by parliament.
The bill was submitted by the Justice Ministry, he said. Mr. Ayut said the amendments focus on efforts to bring drug trafficking masterminds to justice and confiscate their assets to stifle the financial lifelines of drug cartels.
“Under the bill, penalties will be revised so that offenses related to the production, import, export, drug possession, and drug abuse are proportionate to the severity of the crime.”
“When officials consider punishing offenders, they will give more weight to the actions committed by suspects rather than relying mainly on assumptions,” Ayut noted. “In some cases, penalties will be reduced which will benefit offenders.”
The bill will also allow drug convicts who were previously given penalties more severe than those under the new law to petition the courts to revise their sentences, he said.
The new version of the narcotics code will take effect 30 days after the bill is enacted, he said.
He also said that Justice Minister Somsak Thepsutin met executives of the courts of justice, prosecutors, and the Office of the Narcotics Control Board to discuss how to enforce the new narcotics code
The Office of the Judiciary has also asked the Department of Corrections to inform drug inmates about the new narcotics code and help them petition the courts,Ayat said.
He said the department will discuss preparations to release drug prisoners when the new law comes into effect.
“The new law is an important tool to prevent and crack down on drug trafficking,” Ayut said.
According to the department, there were some 289,332 prisoners nationwide, of whom 237,763 are drug convict

Domestic Flights Are Back To Normal

October 17, 2021

Domestic flights have resumed running at the complete potential in step with the state-of-the-art easing of Covid-19 regulations which took impact
Suttipong Kongpool, director-preferred of the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT), stated the revised tips for airways running home flights have lifted potential limits on home flights.
The variety of passengers turned into formerly constrained to 75% of the whole potential
Under the brand new tips which took impact yesterday, airways also can perform greater flights however need to follow the middle of the night curfew which has been shortened with the aid of using hours from eleven pm to three am.
He stated the revisions are in step with the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration’s selection to loosen up the virus curbs. The airways are nevertheless required to enforce in-flight Covid-19 prevention measures, he stated.
Meanwhile, the public fitness government will maintain talks with diverse corporations withinside the delivery and tourism sectors to exercise session similarly information in advance of the Nov 1 reopening scheme, stated a senior public fitness official.
Dr. Opas Karnkawinpong, director-preferred of the Department of Disease Control, stated enterprise operators in 15 provinces wherein completely vaccinated overseas vacationers from low-threat international locations can go to without quarantine need to have sufficient time to prepare.
More than 20 international locations were proposed as low-threat however the listing has but to be finalized, he stated.
When pronouncing the reopening plan to restart the tourism enterprise final week, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha stated there could be as a minimum 10 “low threat” international locations, which includes Singapore, Germany, China, and the US.
Dr. Opas stated there are 4 essential Covid-19 prevention measures for corporations to observe.
They are vaccination, regular protection, the adoption of secure environments, and rigorous screening in particular in high-threat institutions along with air-conditioned restaurants.
“An assembly might be held subsequent week with numerous corporations and enterprise operators. We may have greater information with the aid of using them. But with the measures being taken we trust the operators might be ready [for reopening].”
As for worldwide vacationers getting back from low-threat international locations, he stated they may go through Covid-19 assessments upon arrival and watch for consequences at SHA Plus or ASQ inns earlier than they are able to experience the relaxation in their holiday.

Myanmar Military Prrpaing For Next Election

October 15, 2021

Myanmar’s coup regime has stepped up efforts to interchange the country’s electoral machine to Proportional Representation (PR), which might make it less complicated for smaller events to win parliamentary seats and might consequently advantage the army’s proxy Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP).
Last year’s election, wherein the now-ousted National League for Democracy (NLD) humiliated the USDP, changed into held below the First Past the Post (FPTP) machine, which means that during every constituency the candidate with the maximum votes received a parliamentary seat whilst the dropping applicants’ votes have been discarded.
Under the junta’s plan, seats in parliament might accept events primarily based totally on the share of the vote they obtained nationwide. In each of the preceding elections, the NLD changed into offered a percentage of seats that changed into better than the share it secured of the country-wide vote.
The junta’s repeated guarantees to keep new elections withinside the wake of its February 1 coup had been extensively derided with the aid of using pro-democracy activists, who say any ballot held below the army’s authority can be illegitimate and that the NLD have to be unconditionally lower back to power.
Many of the junta’s opponents, inclusive of the shadow National Unity Government, have dedicated themselves to overthrowing the dictatorship with armed resistance, moves and boycotts.
Since early June, the junta has continuously promoted the PR machine in its newspapers. Earlier this month its election fee launched an ee-e boat outing the advantages of the machine titled Studying the Legislative Parliamentary Elections (Part 1).
The fee marketed the ee-ebook as “the solution to questions including which PR machine will be great to put into effect in an election and what form of an election have to be held below the 2008 Constitution.”
The ee-ebook is a must-have for applicants and events making plans to participate in upcoming elections, the fee stated.
Commission member Khin Maung Oo stated at a press convention in Naypyitaw overdue closing month that almost all the political events have agreed to interchange to the PR machine, even though he did now no longer specify how many.
“We have organized the vital legal guidelines, principles, manuals and publications in an effort to be capable of putting into effect the plan proper after the UEC has mentioned with the political events and made the selection,” he stated. He brought that a PR machine isn’t in opposition to the 2008 Constitution.
The fee, led with the aid of using the previous trendy Thein Soe, held numerous conferences with political events in overdue February and in May to talk about the PR machine, in step with representatives of events that attended.
Most events that attended received only a few votes withinside the preceding election, have been aligned with the army, or each.
Sai Aik Pao, chair of the Shan Nationalities Democratic Party (SNDP), stated he attended the conferences however did now no longer say anything.
“They talked specifically approximately the PR machine. I assume there can be every other assembly on the give up of this month,” he stated. “We ought to pay attention to them provide an explanation for approximately it. We can’t determine whether or not or now no longer we’d receive it without paying attention to their explanation.”
On Saturday, Lieutenant General Win Bo Shein pointed out the PR machine in element all through an assembly with the National Solidarity and Peace Negotiation Committee (NSPNC), which a few political events attended, BBC Burmese reported.
Coup chief Min Aung Hlaing has been vocal approximately his choice to extra de to a PR machine.
He stated all through an assembly in Naypyitaw with contributors of his army council in August that a PR machine might be “all-inclusive” and permit for constituents’ voices to be higher represented.
“It is vital to amend the manner representatives are elected and the election machine,” he stated. “During its tenure, the authorities will make those amendments with the aid of using coordinating with everyone.”
It isn’t the primary time the army and its supporters have touted a PR machine. In 2012, after the NLD received almost every seat it contested with the aid of using elections a Lower House lawmaker from the National Democratic Force (PDF), a USDP ally, submitted an offer in parliament to talk about a circulate in the direction of PR.
The NDF’s chair Than Nyein additionally despatched the election fee proper advice to undertake the PR machine. The PDF once more submitted an offer withinside the USDP-ruled parliament urging a extrude to PR in 2014.
While the then-ruling USDP and the PDF have been in favor of the machine, NLD lawmakers in large part adversarial it, with their birthday celebration anticipated to land a majority withinside the 2015 election.
NLD MPs submitted an objection to the notion on the Constitutional Tribunal. The NDF’s efforts failed, after which parliamentary speaker Shwe Mann concluded the talk with the aid of using mentioning the tribunal and maintaining that FPTP changed into the most effective electoral machine that changed into in keeping with the Constitution.
Now that the army council has entire manipulate over the election fee and the constitutional tribunal, there are now no longer any hurdles for Min Aung Hlaing to put into effect PR.
Khin Maung Oo, the election fee member, stated the FPTP machine might nonetheless be utilized in Myanmar’s six self-administered areas and 29 constituencies for ethnic affairs minister positions withinside the subsequent election.
“We will nonetheless abide with the aid of using the electoral legal guidelines covered withinside the 2008 Constitutions in imposing the PR machine and we can now no longer extrude the number of MPs,” he stated at closing month’s press convention.
The PR machine has additionally confronted competition from numerous ethnic events. The Zomi Congress for Democracy birthday celebration’s secretary trendy, Pu Gin Kam Lian, stated he adversarial the machine earlier than at the grounds it might be tough to put into effect in Chin State.
The birthday celebration might now take its lead on whether or not to aid PR from the United Nationalities Alliance (UNA), a coalition of 15 ethnic political events, he brought.
“We ought to determine relying on the UNA’s selection. And we nonetheless don’t realize what the NLD goes to do. All people inclusive of the NLD agreed to boycott the 2010 election, however, we gave our aid while the NLD stated it might compete withinside 2012 with the aid of using-election,” he stated.
“We can’t rush the selection now as we don’t realize what’s going to appear subsequent,” he brought.
Sai Aik Pao stated the SNLD additionally adversarial PR below the USDP authorities. “We objected to the concept returned then due to the fact we didn’t apprehend it fully. We nonetheless can’t make a selection now because it’s nonetheless a pretty new concept for us,” he stated.
A founding member of the New Myanmar Foundation election tracking group, who requested now no longer to be named, stated it regarded the junta desired to keep an election soon, especially because it had used fake claims of voter fraud to justify its coup.
“It seems that the ASEAN is likewise pressuring them as they used voter fraud as an excuse,” she stated, relating to the ten-member bloc of Southeast Asian nations that Myanmar is a member of. “So plainly they may be maintaining every other election very soon.”

Thai Crime: Thai Police Arrest 4 Women For Drug Possesion

October 15, 2021

Four girls had been arrested and two hundred kilograms of compressed marijuana seized from one in every one of their cars in Hat Yai district.
Border patrol police and narcotics suppression officials arrested the 4 girls touring on a pickup truck and a car, which had been stopped for a seek on Soi Bunnakan in tambon Kho Hong on Wednesday.
The officers discovered two hundred kilograms of compressed marijuana really well worth around 10 million baht hidden withinside the pickup truck, stated Pol Maj Gen Atthawut OnApp, commander of the Border Patrol Police Region 4, in the course of a media briefing on Thursday.
The 4 suspects had been Sawittri Sirisatipanya, 30, Wiphawan Phanlert, 33; Nuan-Anong Thanpirom, 37, and Nittaya Suksa-, 37, all from Ratchaburi. Four cellular telephones had been seized from them.
During questioning, the suspects confessed to having been employed through an overseas booking for 160,000 baht to smuggle the medication from Saraburi province to Hat Yai district.
They had picked up the medication in Saraburi at around three am on Wednesday and arrived in Hat Yai around three pm on an identical day.
They then drove to a shopping center on this southern border district and waited there till 7 pm.
The suspects stated they had been requested to supply the medication in tambon Kho Hong as a person might come to select out up the medication, which might then be transported to the deep South after which to a neighboring country
The arresting police stated the medication was smuggled from Laos. The 4 girls claimed that they’d smuggled the medication for the primary time. They had been charged with having illicit capsules in Category five of their ownership with a rationale to sell.

New Software Being Created For Thais and Others To Deal With Files and Records

October 15, 2021

Tanee Sangrat, the spokesman for the Foreign Affairs Ministry, stated a brand new web-primarily based totally software referred to as the Thailand Pass gadget, in which humans can accumulate records and add documents, is being evolved for the kingdom’s Nov 1 reopening.
Tanee stated the Thailand Pass will update the CoE gadget and facilitate the submitting of an immigration shape referred to as the TM6 and a fitness statement shape referred to as T8.
However, the CoEs are nevertheless required for positive agencies of humans, together with individuals who want to go into the united states through land or sea, he stated.
As for vaccination certification, certificates can be authorized online via way of means of the Department of Communicable Disease Control beneath neath the Public Health Ministry, he stated.
According to Tanee, his ministry has authorized greater than 400,000 CoEs for Thai and overseas nationals so far.
The Public Health Ministry on Thursday mentioned 11,276 new Covid-19 instances and 112 greater fatalities recorded withinside the preceding 24 hour

Opposition Using Landmines To Inflict Heavy Damage On Myanmar Military

October 12, 2021

Resistance forces in upper Myanmar say they used landmines to inflict heavy casualties against junta soldiers in recent days.
The attacks against columns of soldiers in Mandalay, Sagaing and Magway regions caused scores of injuries, local armed groups said, though they were unsure of the exact number of deaths.
A chapter of the People’s Defence Force (PDF) in Mandalay Region’s ​​Thabeikkyin Township attacked a military convoy last Wednesday night at Three Mile village, just outside of the town of Takaung and near the border with Sagaing.
Thabeikkyin locals said the attack injured at least 30 junta soldiers. The convoy was apparently heading towards Htigyaing Township in Sagaing from Thabeikkyin, one of the locals said.
“Three Mile village is right next to the town of Takaung. We heard the sound of the explosion and a military vehicle was caught in the fire,” said the local.
There was also a small clash near the cemetery in the nearby village of Taung Ta Lone at the same time as the landmine attack, he added. “We could hear the exchange of gunshots but heard no one was injured in that battle.”
The PDF in Thabeikkyin said the next day that it attacked the convoy in collaboration with resistance fighters from Htigyaing. A military truck was destroyed and several junta soldiers were injured, its statement said, without specifying if anyone died.
Higuain has been the target of a junta crackdown aimed at crushing the armed resistance after civilians-turned-guerrillas burned down police outposts there last week.
Before its landmine attack in Takaung, the Thabeikkyin PDF’s missions consisted of assassinating suspected military informants and pro-junta local administrators, as well as destroying phone towers owned by Mytel, which is part-owned by the military.
In Sagaing’s Taze Township on Friday afternoon, guerrilla fighters used landmines to attack about 20 junta soldiers who were returning on foot after patrolling the village of Nabetgyi.
The Taze People’s Comrades (TPC) set the mines near a bridge that connects Nabetgyi with Thetkeitan village in the north of Taze. After one of the mines exploded there was a clash between the two groups.
The TPC said several junta soldiers died while a local said at least 18 soldiers were killed. Myanmar Now is unable to independently verify the figures.
“We could see them marching on foot,” said the local, who is close to the TPC. “They all fell down when the landmine exploded. Two then stood up and started shooting at everything and everyone they saw for about 30 minutes.”
Although only one mine exploded, the soldiers were grouped together on the bridge and many were therefore caught in the blast, the local said.
Resistance groups in upper Myanmar are outgunned by the junta’s forces and depend largely on homemade weapons, as well as whatever they can seize from defeated soldiers.
PDF troops at an undisclosed location in Sagaing Region in August (Supplied)
PDF troops at an undisclosed location in Sagaing Region in August (Supplied)
The Taze resident said guerrilla fighters find landmines highly effective compared to traditional muskets but are struggling to raise enough money to buy the necessary components to make the explosives.
“Every resistance force is having this problem now, but we’re all selling whatever we own to make more weapons. It’d be a lot better if the NUG could provide us with more weapons,” he said, referring to the underground National Unity Government.
The NUG has declared war on the junta and said it will unite Myanmar’s numerous resistance forces under one banner and establish a chain of command.
Many of those who have taken up arms, however, say they have still received little or no help from the NUG.

A mechanic was shot and killed in Taze on Friday morning for reasons that are unclear.

Kyaw Win, 48, who owned the Htoo Tawwin mechanic shop, was shot four times by two unknown attackers in civilian clothes at around 6am, according to a local.

“He was shot twice in the stomach and once in the leg. He was serving as an officer for a social service group helping civilians get oxygen supplies,” said the local, referring to efforts to assist people suffering from Covid-19.
“We still don’t know who perpetrated the attack. Two armed assailants on a motorbike shot him,” he added.
Since the killing, soldiers have conducted searches in the town and tightened security.
Residents in some villages in Taze have continued to hold daily protests against the junta despite deadly crackdowns against unarmed demonstrators.
Also on Friday, PDF fighters from Magway’s Saw Township used landmines to attack a column of around 100 junta soldiers as they walked alongside five military trucks.
At least five mines exploded in the ambush, which happened six miles outside of the township as the soldiers headed towards the town of Kyaukhtu.
“Given the type of landmines we used, there was no way for them to escape,” said a member of Saw PDF who identified himself as a battalion commander. “However, we have yet to confirm the exact number of casualties on the military’s side.”
He added that the junta soldiers also fired around 40 shots using both light and heavy weapons during their departure from Saw.
“They have been using this new strategy where the vehicles only carry the drivers and the rest of the troops just march on foot beside the vehicles,” he said, adding that the military column retreated to Saw after the attack.
The Saw PDF on Wednesday issued a statement warning civilians not to use the road connecting Saw and Kyaukhtu as there may be clashes.
Last month the Saw PDF said it attacked junta forces with landmines on a road that connects Saw with a town 20 miles north called Kan Gyi, injuring at least 10 soldiers.
The townships of Saw and Kyaukhtu are connected to Kanpetlet and Mindat in Chin State, where armed resistance against the junta has been tenacious.