The spokesperson for the Karen Nations Defense Force (KNDF), which was established after the February 1 military coup, told The Irrawaddy newspaper about the conflicts in the state over the past 24 hours.
The spokesperson, who did not reveal his name, noted that around 150 soldiers moved from the provincial capital of Loikaw to Demoso yesterday for the operation and that KNDF fighters ambushed the soldiers. on my way.
Explaining that 80 soldiers died in the clashes, the spokesperson said the Burmese military carried out airstrikes with helicopters on civilian settlements in Demoso to retaliate.
Stating that the Myanmar army dropped at least 6 bombs on civilian settlements with unmanned aerial vehicles, the KNDF spokesperson did not provide information on civilian casualties.
There has been no statement from the Burmese army on the number of soldiers who died in yesterday’s clashes.
THE ‘CIVIL GOVERNMENT’ ESTABLISHED A PEOPLE’S ARMY IN MYANMAR
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The NUG, known as the “civilian government,” which was established against the army that overthrew the elected government in a military coup in Myanmar, introduced the People’s Defense Forces, which it trained to protect Myanmar army protesters, on the media.
In the video shared on the National Unity Government’s (NUG) social media page, footage of the swearing-in ceremony of the first unit that joined the People’s Defense Force (PDF) earlier this month and completed his military training were transferred.
In the video, members of the PDF collectively said, “The People’s Defense Forces must stand by the people and protect the people. We will fight to win. sworn.
Yee Mon, the civilian government’s defense minister, was filmed inspecting PDF members who had completed their training.
NUG, which was founded on April 16 by members of the party of the country’s former de facto leader and foreign minister Aung San Suu Kyi, arrested after the February 1 coup, the National Union for Democracy (NLD), announced on May 6 that they were forming an army under the name of the People’s Defense Forces. .
The Karen National Union (KNU), an armed anti-coup ethnic group, reportedly formed members of the PDF, known as the “People’s Army”.
MILITARY STROKE IN MYANMAR
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The Burmese military took power on February 1, after allegations of fraud were made in the November 8, 2020 elections and political tensions rose in the country. The military arrested many ruling party officials and leaders, in particular the country’s de facto leader and foreign minister Aung San Suu Kyi, and declared a state of emergency for a year.
841 people lost their lives as a result of the intervention of the Burmese army against opponents of the coup. As large-scale protests continue across the country, the trial of senior government officials in detention continues in military courts.