The regime claims the groups are being formed at the request of local people for their own protection, but many listed as members had no knowledge of their inclusion.
The same military that killed student activist Ma Win Maw Oo in 1988 hanged her contemporary, Ko Jimmy, in July. Today’s anti-junta resistance has inherited their spirit.
The Kachin Independence Army and its allies have been trying to seize control of a key road in Kachin State.
Resistance groups and ethnic armed organizations unite to condemn the hangings and insist on justice for those responsible.
In an unprecedented joint statement issued after four activists were hanged, the civilian govt, NLD and ethnic armed groups said they would unite to defeat the junta.
Given the military’s rigging and rejections of previous elections, no one believes the coup leader’s assurances that a free and fair poll will be held next year.
Daily Myanmar military patrols have been reported following a KIA attack on the base of a junta-controlled ethnic Lisu militia group in Waingmaw Township.
A Myanmar military-backed militia in Kachin State is protecting Chinese-run mines that produce coveted rare earth minerals used in hi-tech products.
Abe, Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, was shot while speaking at an election rally in Nara and died in hospital; a 41-year-old man was arrested at the scene.
Veteran journalist Bertil Lintner talks to The Irrawaddy about China’s goals in Myanmar, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s future role and how the military might be defeated.
The country’s major ethnic armed organizations are actively fighting the regime and boycotted last month’s peace talks with the junta.
Janes’ Anthony Davis says Myanmar’s highly motivated PDFs have taken their resistance against an arrogant and ineffective Myanmar military into a crucial second phase.
SBDF chief Bo Thanmani, son of a Rakhine communist rebel, was killed in a clash in Shwebo while using his group’s only assault rifle to cover his fighters, members say.
If the international community places concerted pressure on the junta and isolates it completely, the military will be forced to make concessions.
Self-serving accounts by insiders are short on accuracy but offer some insight into the military’s blinkered view of its role in politics and national security.