Yangon, Jun (24)

The military council accused some ethnic armed organizations (EAOs) of training and equipping young people to form the People’s Defense Forces, sparking armed conflict in a country that had been peaceful for nearly 50 years.

U Than Swe, Union Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the military council, made this accusation on June 19 during a Thai-led informal conversation on Myanmar matters in Pattaya, Thailand.

The junta Union Minister accused some EAOs of taking advantage of political instability in the last two years to train young people who were most severely impacted by the country’s economic and social difficulties during the COVID-19 to become PDF members, arm them, and trigger an armed revolution.

Salai Htet Ni, spokesman for the Chin National Front (CNF), stated, “The country is not peaceful because the military has carried out several coups, and the coups in 1962, 1988, and the 2020 coup that led to the Spring Revolution are instances, and the military council’s remark is baseless”.

The military regime, which seized power by force over alleged voter fraud, has been shooting, arresting, killing, and torturing peaceful pro-democracy civilians.

People lost their freedom of expression and movement under the military regime, and repression, threats, arrest, and torture drove young people to join the PDF.

Naing Nagar, the spokesperson of the Mon State Revolutionary Force (MSRF), said, “The military council’s accusation is unreasonable, and the whole country and the world know that peaceful protesters were cracked down by the junta. I would like to say that the accusation of the military council that some EAOs armed the youth and started rioting is very ridiculous”.

U Than Swe, Union Minister of the military council said that the junta army has a lot of experience and is capable of easily attacking ordinary armed groups, but they are acting with restraint for fear of harming the people.

U Than Soe Naing, a political analyst, criticized the fact that the military council is doing all kinds of violence and destruction without any other option, hiding the truth of the current situation and explaining it to the international community.

According to a report of the National Unity Government’s Ministry of Defense, the military regime now has roughly 220,000 to 240,000 battalions and units.

In addition, more than 29,000 enemy troops have been wiped out by resistance forces over the past two years, more than 11,000 have been wounded, and more than 13,000 policemen and military personnel who did not accept the military coup have joined People’s Embrace.

At least 500 armed revolutionary groups have sprung up around the country in opposition to the military coup and are fighting for the overthrow of the military regime.

According to the research group ISP-Myanmar, more than 8,000 clashes took place in more than 190 townships across the country during the two years of the military coup.

News – Than Lwin Times

Photo: MOFA Myanmar

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