Burma’s shadow government (also known as Myanmar), formed by opposition to the junta, nationwide against the junta on Tuesday in reports of new protests and rekindling in the battle between military and ethnic military groups. Called for an uprising.
Duwa Lashi La, acting president of the National Unity Government of Myanmar (NUG), said the shadow government had begun a “people’s self-defense war” and fought against the military.
Military spokesman Zaw Min Tun rejected the NUG’s call for rebellion. He said it was an attempt to gain international attention and recognition from the UN General Assembly later this month and would not succeed.
Burmese troops overthrew Aung San Suu Kyi’s elected government on February 1, causing a wave of protests by democratic supporters, killing hundreds as security forces attempted to subdue the protests.
Some opposition to the junta have formed armed groups under the banner of the People’s Defense Force and have formed alliances with several ethnic militias who have long seen Burmese troops with their enemies.
Dwa Rashi La, who issued a state of emergency, called for “a rebellion against the rule of military terrorists led by Min Aung Hlaing in every corner of the country.”
Burmese military ruler Min Aung Hlaing took on the role of prime minister in the newly formed interim government last month and promised to hold a new election by 2023.
Military junta has branded the NUG, which consists of asylum-seeking or hidden members, and the People’s Defense Force as a terrorist group.
“You should leave your position immediately,” said the military-appointed manager in a 14-point speech, joining the democratized militia as a member of security forces and a national group in the border area. Was urged to attack the army.
“We need to launch a national uprising at the same time in all villages, towns and cities across the country,” said Duwa Lashi La.
Military spokesman Zaw Min Tun said the NUG was trying to destabilize the country, including disrupting the country’s COVID-19 vaccination program, but it was on the verge of failure.
“They are working to regain international attention,” said Zaw Min Tun, according to the military-owned Telegram channel on Myawaddy TV. He also accused the media group of “spreading fake news” about the situation in Myanmar.
Immediately after the February coup, civil disobedience sought to undermine the junta.
The rushed militias, often appearing to operate independently, regularly skirmish with the military. It is also unclear how much coordination there is between the ethnic forces that have fought the army for decades.
The NUG announcement on Tuesday seemed to encourage panic buying. A social media video showed that he said he was in a hurry to buy essentials at a supermarket in Yangon’s business hub.
According to a post by the Karen Information Center on social media, there were also reports of fighting in border areas, including between the Karen National Union (KNU) troops and soldiers.
Anti-military street protests also occurred in curries in the Dawei and Sagaing regions of southern Myanmar, a photo posted by a Myanmar Now news agency showed.
Escalation comes from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) leading diplomatic efforts to end violence and open dialogue between military rulers and their opponents.
ASEAN Myanmar Special Envoy Eliwan Yusov said in an interview with Kyodo News over the weekend that the military had accepted his proposal. Ceasefire Until the end of the year to ensure the distribution of humanitarian aid.
It was not possible to contact a military spokesman for comment on the ceasefire.
Democracy-supporting activists and another member of the NUG said military junta cannot be trusted to respect such transactions.