Members of the military council making attempts to organize ethnic groups

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Maungdaw, 19 September

Civilian members of the military council have been organizing trips among the local people in the ethnic states every day until 18 since the second week of September.

Council members met continuously with departmental staff, towns elders, businessmen, communities and local residents in seven states from 8 to 18September, according to junta-backed propaganda newspapers.

The members of the military council, Daw Dwe Bu, Porel Aung Thein, Mann Nyein Maung, Dr. Hmu Thang, Khun San Lwin, Dr. Ba Shwe, U Shwe Kyein and U Yang Kyaw, appeared in public for the reason of implementing local development issues in their respective ethnic states.

An official of a social welfare association in Rakhine State told Than Lwin Times, “Council members meet with their project officials and departmental staff, but they do not meet with those in need on the ground”.

The military council, which seized power by force, reshuffle the council members and make replacements every time the state of emergency is extended.

The military council was reformed in early August with 18 military and civilian members, and several civilian council members were reduced or replaced.

Veteran lawmaker U Pe Than remarked on regime members’ trips, saying, “At a time when the nation’s crisis is being resolved through military means, the council members are mobilizing the people under the guise of regional stability and development”.

On the other hand, the anti-regime movement, in various ways, has not stopped but is gaining momentum even after two and a half years of the coup.

Under this situation, the members of the civil council resumed their routines such as visits to various departments in ethnic areas, in the name of community meetings, inspection and supports.

The councilors said they are working on the process of achieving internal peace, rule of law, stability, and the holding of general elections and are urging residents to cooperate.

The KNU Spokesperson, Padoh Saw Tony said, “The regime members’ organizing trips are attempts to gain public trust, but they won’t work and will not have any effect on the revolution”.

According to a statement issued by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) on 8 September, 1.6 million people have been displaced by fighting and insecurity since the military coup, and nearly 75,000 civilian buildings have been destroyed by fire.

More than 4,000 democracy activists and people have been killed by the junta and pro-military groups as of 15 September since coup, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP).

News-Than Lwin Times

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