At least 20 people are killed in fighting between militias and Myanmar’s security forces, consistent with witnesses and Myanmar media, within the worst violence since opponents of the military government called in the week for a “people’s defensive war”.
The latest violence comes as activists and anti-military forces urged the international community on Saturday to require action, saying the shortage of any “meaningful outside intervention” has led to the armed resistance.
“The youngsters of Myanmar [have] no choice but to fight back with what they need,” the direct action Movement said during a statement early Saturday because it called on the United Nations and representatives of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to “directly engage” with the opposition National Unity Government (NUG).
Ahead of a UN General Assembly meeting to make a decision on who represents Myanmar as a special envoy, opposition forces also are launching a campaign this weekend to press for the popularity of the NUG because the legitimate government representative.
The NUG, formed to resist the army’s February 1 takeover, had earlier involved a revolt against the military rule, in a clear effort to coordinate groups fighting the military and convince soldiers and state officials to modify sides.
Myanmar has been in turmoil since the overthrow of Aung San Suu Kyi’s government, which ended a decade of tentative democracy and sparked nationwide anger, strikes, and protests, and saw the emergence of militia groups that have attacked security forces.
According to the help Association for Political Prisoners, which monitors the human rights situation in Myanmar, a minimum of 1,058 people have already been killed since the uprising against the military began. quite 6,300 others are currently in detention.
More arrests were reported on Saturday morning across the country, including within the country’s largest city of Yangon and in Sagaing Region.
Fighting since Thursday between the military and defense volunteers allied with the unity government in Myin Thar village resulted in casualties among local militias and villagers as troops used heavy artillery, consistent with media and a witness.
“They fired artillery, they burned down houses in our village,” said a resident, 42, who added that three children also as his 17-year-old son, a member of the militia, were among 20 people killed.