Myanmar Opposition Launches “People’s Defensive War”

Myanmar’s shadow government has launched a “people’s defensive war” on Tuesday against the military junta that seized power in a coup in February. 

Duwa Lashi La, acting president of the National Unity Government (NUG), posted a video on his official Facebook page calling on militias and ethnic armed organizations to attack military forces.

The NUG is a group of elected lawmakers ousted by the military junta. 

“As this is a public revolution, all the citizens within entire Myanmar, revolt against the rule of the military terrorists led by Min Aung Hlaing in every corner of the country,” Duwa Lashi La said.

In his video, Duwa Lashi La accused the military of committing “war crimes” and called on ethnic groups to ‘immediately attack’ the military.

Duwa Lashi La also urged military-appointed bureaucrats to resign from the government and called on the border guards and soldiers to “join with the people and attack the people’s enemy,” Aljazeera reported.

In a separate statement posted online, Mahn Winn Khain Thann, NUG Prime Minister,  said that the call for the uprising was because the “changing circumstances” required complete abolition of the ruling military government.

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