Resistance Groups Attack Myanmar Junta After Yangon Protest Killings

By The Irrawaddy 6 December 2021

At least eight Myanmar junta troops were reportedly killed and many others injured in civilian resistance attacks in response to the killing of peaceful anti-regime protesters in Yangon on Sunday.

On Sunday morning, around five people were reportedly killed and numerous protesters were detained when a regime vehicle rammed into protesters and troops opened fire in Kyimyindaing Township.

Videos of the attack went viral, sparking nationwide protests.

Residents in several Yangon townships, including Kyimyindaing, Sanchaung, Kamayut, Yankin and Tamwe, restarted the habit of banging pots and pans on Sunday evening.

The Yangon Military Division resistance force vowed retribution and said it conducted attacks on regime forces in Sanchaung, Hlaing Tharyar, Dagon, Seikkan and Thongwa townships on Sunday evening.

The group said it attacked regime forces at a Sanchaung police station on Sunday evening.

It claimed to have killed three junta soldiers and injured seven others at a Thongwa police station and education office using 40mm shells.

The Irrawaddy could not independently verify any of the reports.

Troops deployed near a military-owned garment factory and a ward administration office in Hlaing Tharyar Township on Sunday night were also reportedly attacked.

Another civilian resistance group said it attacked junta forces at a regime-linked transport service at Yangon’s bus terminal using two remote-controlled mines.

There was an unconfirmed number of military casualties in the attacks, the groups said.

The Pauk People’s Defence Force said a combined force ambushed regime forces in Pauk Township, Magwe Region, in revenge for the Yangon attack.

In the ambush, at least three regime troops were killed and many wounded, the group claimed.

The Chin Defense Force in Kanpetlet claimed to have killed one junta soldier in the Chin State township on Sunday evening.

The group also said it was in response to the Yangon ramming attack.

Generation Defense Force, a civilian resistance group based in Monywa, Sagaing Region, reportedly killed a soldier during a raid on sentries at the Myanma Economic Bank in the township on Sunday evening, according to media reports.

The people’s defense forces and many ethnic armed groups say they are attacking regime forces across the country.

The regime continues to arbitrarily kill civilians, use detained civilians as human shields, bombard residential areas, loot and burn houses and commit sexual violence, especially in Magwe and Sagaing regions and Chin, Shan and Kayah states.

By Saturday, 1,303 people had been killed by the regime forces, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, a rights group that records deaths and arrests since the February coup.

An estimated 10,681 people, including elected government leaders, have been detained by the junta.

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