Myanmar Daily Post-Coup Update: May 24
By The Irrawaddy 25 May 2021
To keep you updated on what happened in Myanmar in the last 24 hours, here are the main events of the day more than three months after the putsch.
Myanmar’s ousted civilian leader State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi appeared in person in a Naypyitaw court on Monday for the first time since the military coup. Through her lawyer, she said her party the National League for Democracy (NLD) will be there as long as the people are because the party was founded for the people.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi together with President U Win Myint and Naypyitaw Council chairman Dr. Myo Aung of the NLD government appeared at a court hearing at the Naypyitaw Council. The military’s broadcaster Myawaddy TV reported on their trial on its 8 p.m. evening news.
The NLD leader faces multiple charges under the Natural Disaster Management Law; Export and Import Law; Telecommunications Law; and Article 505(b) of the Penal Code for sedition, as well as the Official Secrets Act.
President U Win Myint faces charges under the Natural Disaster Management Law and sedition law, and Dr. Myo Aung under the sedition law.
After the court hearing, the military regime detained lawyer U Thein Hlaing Tun, who is acting for Dr. Myo Aung.
In Kayah State (also known as Karenni State), four locals who fled fighting between civilian resistance fighters and junta forces and were taking shelter at a Catholic church in Kayan Thar Yar (South) Village in the state capital Loikaw died when the church was shelled by junta forces.
The Progressive Karenni People’s Force—a network of Karenni civil society organizations in Kayah State—said junta troops shot a detained civilian in the head in Loikaw.
In Demoso Township, buildings in the township’s Rural Development Department office were set on fire. The Kayah People’s Defense Force (KPDF) said it torched the houses of military collaborators and government offices operating under the military regime along the road from Dawh Ngan Kha Village to Ngwe Taung Village in Demoso.
The KPDF said it attacked a tank and troops of junta reinforcements heading to Ngwe Taung from Demoso using remotely detonated mines.
A police captain with Sagaing Region’s No. 16 security police force was shot dead as a constable fired around 20 shots at him following an altercation.
In Kani Township, junta raids forced thousands of civilians to flee into the forest. People from Monywa continued their daily protests against the military regime. Educators, students and residents in Holamin also staged a protest against the education system under military rule.
People took to the streets against the military regime in Taze and Sar Taung too. And Shwebo residents called for a boycott of the education system under military rule.
In Mandalay’s Mogok, junta troops arrested a woman who is a member of a defense team of local anti-regime protesters.
In Pyigyitagon Township, a basic education primary school was set on fire. Locals said they saw junta troops enter the school just before the fire broke out.
People marched in protest at the military regime in Nyaung-U, Myingyan. Buddhist monks in Mandalay also staged a protest against the military regime.
Anti-regime protesters including students vowed to fight the military regime until the end. A night protest was also held in Tammawady calling for boycotting education under military rule.
In Kachin State, a 13-year-old boy working on a chicken husbandry farm in Momauk Township was killed in shelling by junta forces.
The ward administration office of Myay Myint ward in the state capital Myitkyina was set on fire, and a stun grenade exploded outside the house of the ward administrator. Students in Myitkyina called for boycotting education under military rule.
A bridge on the Mandalay-Myitkyina Highway in Hopin Township was blown up. Explosions were reported at electricity and education offices in Bhamo.
Daily street protests continued in the jade mining hub Hpakant. A night protest was held in Lone Khin village, Hpakant.
In Magwe Region, an explosion took place at a basic education school in Natmauk. The ceiling of the school was damaged, but no injuries were reported. There was also an explosion at a basic education school in Magwe, with no injuries.
In Myaing Township, people took to the streets calling for a boycott of education under military rule.
In Tanintharyi Region, street protests continued in the capital Dawei and Launglon.
In Mon State, people in Paung Township showed their support for the National Unity Government, a government formed to rival the military regime.
In Yangon, a tea shop protest was held along with street protests elsewhere in the town. Three explosions occurred near No. 4 Basic Education High School in Ahlon while a deputy director of the Education Ministry was holding a meeting on school enrollment.
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