Ethnic armed groups in Shan State have long used intimidation to recruit fighters, but the brutal tactics of the Shan State Progress Party are terrorizing villagers and prompting some to flee their homes.
As people crowded onto streets to chant down military rule, the Civil Disobedience Movement quietly dismantled the junta’s ability to test, treat, and inoculate against the coronavirus; many call that a success.
The Karen National Union said it expects as many as 7,000 to flee to its territory along the border with Thailand in the next month, where it says hundreds of activists and MPs have already decamped to since the February 1 coup.
A senior official at Insein Prison said 360 men and 268 women were released from the Yangon facility on Wednesday, the same day a "silent strike" against military rule closed down shops and quieted the streets of cities across the country.
A Tatmadaw spokesperson said he's "sad" over the deaths of pro-democracy protesters slain by his military, but also called them "terrorist people", as more nations pile on sanctions over what the UN said may constitute "crimes against humanity".
The Kayin State Border Guard Force has come under intense pressure from the Tatmadaw over its extensive, controversial business interests and there’s concern the ultimatum could trigger fresh hostilities in one of the country’s most war-torn areas.