Nay Pyi Taw, 9 August

The coup leader blamed the actions of some ethnic armed organizations (EAOs) and People’s Defense Forces (PDFs) for harming the country’s future.

General Min Aung Hlaing, the military leader who seized power by force, made this comment in a meeting held on August 7 with members of the newly-formed military council, after extending the state of emergency.

The military leader said that some EAOs are engaging in terror acts without following the NCA agreements, the terror acts of PDF groups have worsened, and there have been delays in restoring peace and stability, the rule of law, and development undertakings in some areas.

Comrade Salai Yaw Aung, a member of the Central Steering Committee for the All Burma Students’ Democratic Front (ABSDF), said, “The military leader’s comment is unreasonable. Such claims could worsen the current situation without benefiting anyone. The people themselves are fighting against the military, and they do not accept the acts of the military regime”.

He added that the military regime is merely blaming others to show their innocence, and that international communities already know who initiated Myanmar’s current turmoil.

According to the military leader, the activities of the PDF groups and some EAOs negatively impact the stability and regional development in ethnic areas, as well as causing children to lose access to education.

As individuals lose employment opportunities and socioeconomic status, the military leader asked the council members to maintain stability and the rule of law.

Ko Aye Min Tun, the spokesperson of the People’s Defense Forces (PDF) in Thaton District, said, “All the people know the situation on the ground well, and if the military did not seize power, the country would not be in a state of chaos. It is the military council that burns villages, steals people’s property, and fires artillery shells at civilian communities for no reason.

Many sectors, including politics, economy, education, and health, have deteriorated since the military coup, and the price of basic food products has constantly risen, having a significant impact on the grassroots.

Furthermore, as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak and the military coup, there is a shortage of jobs, and many individuals go abroad to work illegally.

On the other hand, at least 500 resistance units have emerged in response to the military coup and are fighting for the overthrow of the military regime.

According to data from independent research organizations, the junta and its subordinates have killed over 3,800 pro-democracy activists and civilians and burned down over 81,000 homes in the two years following the coup.

News-Than Lwin Times


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