Myanmar post-coup crackdown: ‘We’re heading in the direction of a civil battle’

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Myanmar’s navy junta’s lethal crackdown on protesters continues with studies rising Saturday of greater than 80 killed within the newest spherical of violence. The information got here amid studies of a gaggle of ethnic armies attacking a police station in northeastern Shan state, killing no less than 10 officers. Professor David Camroux, Southeast Asia specialist at Sciences Po, instructed FRANCE 24 the nation is “heading in the direction of a civil battle”.

The police station at Naungmon in Shan state was attacked early within the morning by fighters from an alliance that features the Arakan Military, the Ta’ang Nationwide Liberation Military and the Myanmar Nationwide Democratic Alliance Military, native media reported.

Shan Information mentioned no less than 10 policemen had been killed, whereas the Shwe Phee Myay information outlet put the dying toll at 14.

“We’ve got now obtained a junction between the civil disobedience motion, which is basically in the primary cities within the Myanmar heartlands, and likewise the armed ethnic organisations, which have beneath their command some 100,000 troopers,” Camroux defined.

“We have to elevate the query of which is the professional authorities of Myanmar. We now have a authorities in exile being arrange … who say they’ve abolished the 2008 structure which gave these specific powers to the navy. They’re speaking about creating a brand new structure to create a federal democracy.”

“As soon as this authorities in exile is [formally} recognised then we are able to then discuss invoking what known as R2P … when a state asks for the help of the worldwide group to cope with an inner drawback.”

Greater than 600 individuals have been killed by the navy within the crackdown on protests in opposition to the February 1 coup, in line with a monitoring group. As violence has escalated, a few dozen armed teams have condemned the junta as illegitimate and vowed to face with the protesters.

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