New Delhi: Myanmar’s National Unity Government (NUG) on Tuesday (September 7) launched “people’s defensive war” against the country’s military Junta, which seized power in a coup on February 1. Duwa Lashi La, the acting president of the NUG, made the call in a video posted on Facebook on Tuesday. The NUG was formed by the elected legislators who were thrown out of office by the generals.
Myanmar has seen massive protests and violence since the coup when the Myanmar military led by Senior General Ming Aung Hlaing overthrew the civilian government and declared a year-long state of emergency.
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1. Duwa Lashi La, acting president of the NUG, formed by deposed legislators, made the announcement in a video posted on Facebook.
2. “With the responsibility to protect the life and properties of the people, the National Unity Government … launched a people’s defensive war against the military junta,” Aljazeera quoted Lashi La as saying.
3. “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,” he added. In his video message, Lashi La accused the military of committing “war crimes” and called on ethnic groups to “immediately attack” the military, Myanmar Media reported.
4. 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”. “From today onwards, all the civil servants under the military council, we warn and forbid you from going to the office,” he said.
5. “We will remove Min Aung Hlaing and uproot dictatorship from Myanmar for good and be able to establish a peaceful federal democratic union that fully safeguards equality and is long-aspired by all the citizens,” he added.
6. Myanmar’s military junta earlier designated the National Unity Government as a terrorist group.
7. The National Unity Government was set up by elected legislators who were barred from taking their seats when the military seized power and detained civilian leaders including Aung San Suu Kyi.
8. Myanmar has been in turmoil since the coup on February 1, when the Myanmar military led by Senior General Ming Aung Hlaing overthrew the civilian government and declared a year-long state of emergency. The coup triggered mass protests and was met by deadly violence.
9. The NUG’s declaration comes two weeks before the start of the UN General Assembly in New York on September 21 and an expected decision on who will fill the Myanmar representative to the UN’s seat: a member of the military council, or NUG.
10. There remains widespread public opposition in the country to the coup.