Burma

Junta Raids Resistance Base in Southern Myanmar

By The Irrawaddy 31 August 2021

Myanmar’s junta troops have raided a base of resistance fighters in Dawei, the capital of Tanintharyi Region. Resistance fighters escaped the raid but food and boats worth around 100 million kyats were destroyed, according to the Dawei People’s Defense Force (DPDF) formed by resistance fighters.

“Our base was exposed by an informant. Around 700 junta troops came. As they didn’t find us they set fire to huts and motor vessels. They torched all the huts along the coast,” said a DPDF member.

Junta forces on Friday started searching the DPDF base, which was hidden under nipa palm trees opposite Dawei.

“The regime set our base on fire and we lost motorboats, food, guns and other materials worth around 100 million kyats,” said the DPDF member.

The volunteers managed to escape the raid, but more than 20 villagers at the base were detained.

“PDF members were not arrested. Those who were detained were villagers and fishermen, including four women,” said the DPDF member.

DPDF members have arrived in a safe place and have established a coalition with nine other PDF groups in the area.


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