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Myanmar: junta torching ‘village after village’ in bid to quell opposition

Myanmar: junta torching ‘village after village’ in bid to quell opposition

Myanmar faced the violence that military junta has used to stamp out dissent and silence opponents, The Guardian reports.

In Myanmar, some 1,500 people have been killed by the military, according to the human rights group. As the activists say, another 11,800 arrested, but opposition remains.

Last February, Myanmar’s military ousted the democratically elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi and seized power in a military coup. Since then, junta rules the country that descended into turmoil. The UN estimates the crisis will have driven almost half the population into poverty in 2022.

Over a year, public services are barely functioning, as large numbers of teachers and medical staff are refusing to work in junta-controlled facilities, and instead operate their own networks.

As well as peaceful protest movements, local civilian defence forces have emerged, some of which are supported by established ethnic armed groups. The military has in turn launched artillery and air strikes.

The Chin state with its strongest resistance movement registered as many as 80,000 people have been forced to flee their homes by fighting. As the Chin Human Rights Organisation (CHRO) reports, almost 900 were arrested between February and December last year alone, according to the human rights organization, while 182 people were killed during the same period. Some are thought to have been kidnapped and used as human shields.

Earlier in the month, the junta rounded up and killed 11 people in the Sagaing region of Myanmar’s north-west. The group was shot and then set on fire, according to local media reports.