Myanmar’s Rebel Groups Voice Support For Protesters As Junta Continues

Ten of Myanmar’s major rebel groups tossed their assistance behind the country’s anti-coup motion on Saturday, fanning worries that a more comprehensive conflict might appear in a nation pestered for decades by on-and-off fighting in between the military and the ethnic armies.

Myanmar has remained in chaos considering that the military ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi from power on February 1, activating an uprising that the junta has looked for to stop with lethal crackdowns.

According to a local monitoring group, more than 550 individuals have been killed in the anti-coup unrest, bloodshed that has angered some of Myanmar’s 20 or two ethnic groups and their militias, who control big locations of area mostly in border areas.

A rebel group has accused Myanmar’s armed force of using “extreme force” after air campaign hurt unarmed civilians ROYAL THAI ARMY/ Handout

On Saturday, 10 of these rebel groups fulfilled virtually to discuss the situation, condemning the junta’s use of live ammunition on protesters.

” The leaders of the military council must be held accountable,” said General Yawd Serk, leader of rebel group the Remediation Council of Shan State.

Last week, the junta stated a month-long ceasefire with ethnic armed groups, though exceptions might be made if “security and administrative machinery of the federal government … are encroached on”.

The statement did not encompass stopping deadly force against anti-coup presentations.

More than 550 individuals have been killed in Myanmarâ $ s anti-coup discontent, according to a local tracking group AFP/ STR

But Yawd Serk said the ceasefire indicates security forces ought to halt “all violent actions”, including against protesters.

The 10 rebel groups that met online are signatories to an across the country ceasefire agreement that was brokered by Suu Kyi’s government, which tried to negotiate an end to the ethnic militias’ decades-long armed struggle for greater autonomy.

But suspect runs deep for the ethnic minorities of Myanmar, and Yawd Serk stated the 10 signatories to the nationwide ceasefire would “evaluate” the offer throughout their conference.

The Myanmar militaryâ $ s fatal crackdown on anti-coup demonstrations has actually angered a few of the countryâ $ s ethnic armed groups, prompting fears a broader conflict could appear AFP/ STR

” I want to state that the (10 groups) strongly stand with individuals who are … requiring the end of dictatorship,” he said.

Last week, a UN special envoy on Myanmar alerted the Security Council of the risk of civil war and an impending “bloodbath”.

The rebel groups’ conference also comes a week after among them, the Karen National Union (KNU), took a military base in eastern Karen state, killing 10 army officers. The junta retaliated with air strikes.

At least two Myanmar cities saw security forces strongly react to protests prior to twelve noon on Saturday ANONYMOUS/ Handout

The KNU has actually been a singing opponent of the military junta and stated it is safeguarding hundreds of anti-coup activists.

On Saturday, it condemned the military’s usage of “extreme force by taking part in non-stop battle and air campaign” from March 27 – 30, which have “triggered the deaths of many people consisting of children”.

” The air strikes have actually also led to the more displacement of more than 12,000 individuals,” it said.

Junta spokesperson Zaw Min Tun stated the armed force has only been targeting KNU’s fifth Brigade– which led the seizure of the military base.

Anti-coup demonstrators in Myanmar continue to come out en masse even as the military crackdown intensifies AFP/ STR

” We had an air strike on that day just,” he told AFP.

” We have actually signed a nationwide ceasefire contract … If they follow the NCA, there is no factor for conflict to happen,” Zaw Minutes Tun stated.

Ethnic Karen local media and rights groups have reported numerous bombings and air strikes throughout the state over recent days.

With the junta cutting wifi services, mobile data and imposing a nightly internet blackout that has actually gone on for nearly 50 days, info circulation in the country has been efficiently throttled.

” This insanity should stop,” UN rights rapporteur Tom Andrews in a tweet. “Sanctions & an arms embargo should be imposed to cut their [the junta’s] access to earnings and weapons.”

At least 2 cities saw security forces strongly break down prior to midday on Saturday.

In eastern Mon state, a man was shot in the stomach and passed away on his method to the healthcare facility.

” He was trying to assist our young protesters,” a fellow protester told AFP.

Demonstrators in Yangon, Mandalay and the main city Monywa continued to come out Saturday, wearing helmets and using sandbags as barriers as they took on versus authorities.

But “two were shot in the head,” said a rescue worker in Monywa who needed to get the bodies.

— which was granted gain access to by the junta– arrived today with reporter Clarissa Ward, who was ferried around Yangon in a military convoy.

On Friday, she spoke with 2 siblings– Shine Ya Da Na Pyo and Nay Zar Chi Shine– who were later on apprehended along with another relative.

Regional media reported they had flashed a three-finger salute, a sign of resistance, while talking to Ward.

” We do not understand where they’ve been detained,” stated a relative of the siblings who did not wish to be named.

” They seized their phones, and we lost connection with them … Our family is attempting our best for their release.”

did not respond to request for comment on the event.

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