Myanmar anti-coup insurgents seize police post, kill security forces

Folks displaced through combating proportion a meal in Myanmar’s northwestern Chin State, Myanmar Might 21, 2021. Image taken Might 21, 2021. Reuters/Stringer

Opponents adversarial to Myanmar’s army junta seized a police station within the japanese the town of Mobye on Sunday and claimed to have killed no less than 13 individuals of the protection forces and captured 4, native media stated.

Movies shared on social media confirmed what gave the look to be the useless our bodies of safety forces in the newest assault of a common upsurge of war in portions of Myanmar for the reason that Feb. 1 coup that overthrew elected chief Aung San Suu Kyi.

A gun fight additionally erupted close to the Chinese language border early on Sunday, whilst on Saturday an armed ethnic staff adversarial to the coup introduced an assault on a jade mining the town at the different facet of Myanmar, close to India.

Video from Mobye confirmed our bodies within the uniforms of the protection forces, whilst different photos confirmed 4 males who had been stated to be police with their fingers in the back of their backs and blindfolded with surgical mask.

A police automobile was once proven in flames as dozens of warring parties milled on the scene.

Reuters was once not able to achieve a junta spokesman or to independently ascertain the video or the accounts of the combating.

The Irrawaddy information outlet quoted a fighter from the native Folks’s Defence Drive as announcing the police station were set on hearth and that two civilians were wounded within the combating. Stories from different media stated as much as 15 individuals of the protection forces were killed.

Mobye is round 100 km (60 miles) east of the capital Naypyidaw, however lies close to territory held through one of the ethnic armed teams that experience fought for higher autonomy for many years.

An alliance of 4 ethnic teams opposing the coup battled early on Sunday with safety forces in Muse, one of the vital primary border crossings to China, Myanmar media stated.

For the reason that military took energy, native Folks’s Defence Forces have additionally sprung as much as oppose the junta – frequently armed with shotguns and do-it-yourself guns. The video from Mobye confirmed no less than one fighter firing an attack rifle.

Whilst the junta is suffering with renewed war on a number of fronts, it additionally faces day by day protests and moves that experience paralysed hospitals, colleges and far non-public industry.


Greater than 125,000 college lecturers – just about a 3rd of the entire – were suspended for becoming a member of a civil disobedience motion to oppose the coup, an reputable of the Myanmar Lecturers’ Federation stated.

No less than 815 folks were killed through safety forces for the reason that coup, in step with the Help Affiliation for Political Prisoners activist staff.

The junta disputes that determine. Its chief, Min Aung Hlaing, stated in feedback broadcast on Saturday that 300 folks were killed along with 47 police.

Protesters additionally call for the discharge of just about 4,300 individuals who were arrested for the reason that coup, together with Suu Kyi, 75.

Min Aung Hlaing stated Suu Kyi was once wholesome and would quickly seem in court docket. Her subsequent listening to is on Monday on one of the many fees introduced in opposition to her, which vary from unlawful ownership of walkie-talkie radios to breaching a state secrets and techniques regulation.

The military seized energy claiming fraud in a common election received through Suu Kyi’s birthday celebration in November. Its accusations were pushed aside through the previous electoral fee, dozens of whose officers at the moment are locked up.

In additional feedback from an interview launched through Hong Kong-based Phoenix Tv on Sunday, Min Aung Hlaing sought to reassure Chinese language companies after some factories had been set ablaze just lately within the industrial capital Yangon.

“Our electorate don’t seem to be being anti-China however it is the politics that reason the hatred,” he stated.

Some fighters of the coup have accused China of supporting the junta, which has been condemned through Western international locations that experience presented restricted sanctions. China has been milder in its method and has stated it seeks steadiness in its neighbour. 

(Reporting through Reuters team of workers; Writing through Matthew Tostevin; Modifying through William Mallard)