Pro-Junta Militias Grow in Myanmar

Pro-democracy and anti-junta activists said they felt more unsafe as pro-junta militias in Myanmar grew.

An anti-coup protester told Radio Free Asia (RFA) Myanmar Service that the anti-junta activists feel increasingly unsafe as the pro-junta groups spread.

“What I am worried about is my family members, not myself. I am worried that my family members will be killed,” the activist said on Tuesday.

Activists have been receiving more death threats as pro-junta militias expand their presence across the country.

Former Member of Parliament of deposed National League for Democracy (NLD), Kyaw Zeya, said the death threats are part of the junta’s strategy to stop support for the anti-junta People’s Defense Force (PDF) paramilitary group and the country’s shadow National Unity Government (NUG).

“This is a time for everyone to be extremely cautious in their movements,” Kyaw Zeya said.

Reports published last month said that eight NLD members and their supporters were found dead with the signature ‘blood comrades’ (Thway Thauk) written on cards and placed on their bodies for display.

Local sources told RFA that more pro-junta militia groups have emerged across the country, threatening anti-junta activists that the pro-junta militias would harm them and their families if they continued support for the anti-military government.

The Director of the research institute ISP-Myanmar Aung Thu Nyein said the law “has totally collapsed” in Myanmar, and no political stakeholder is safe.

“It’s a downward spiral, with one side killing the other…” Aung Thu Nyein said.

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