As more troops desert or die in battle, the junta is urging ex-police officers to join a new veterans association, saying together they could form a ‘national force’.
They were among at least 80 regime forces killed in Chin, Kachin and Karen states and Sagaing and Magwe regions, resistance groups said.
An army major who quit to join the Civil Disobedience Movement urges his former comrades to defect: ‘No military can protect you against the hatred of the people.’
Currently, 10 members of the Myanmar military—including two senior officers—are receiving practical security training in the country.
The disastrous events triggered by the coup have convinced Myanmar’s people there can be no place for the current military institution in their country’s future.
Despite nearly a year of harassment by the regime and financial hardship, large numbers of civil servants still refuse to work under the junta.
Only masked military officers were in attendance at Tuesday’s event, marking a stark contrast to the crowds of well-wishers who usually attend.
President U Win Myint told a court that on Feb. 1 he refused an order from senior military officers to step down, insisting to them that he preferred death.