Merdeka.com – Myanmar’s military elite is full of fear. This kind of fear has not been seen before since the military carried out its first coup in 1962 led by the late General Ne Win.
The fear and anxiety surrounding the dictators and their supporters after taking power by force is a normal psychological condition, but the growing fear of Myanmar’s military elite and their families today is very real and rational. One is because the anti-codeta resistance movement is growing stronger in several regions.
Following the coup of February 1, 2021, the military launched a crackdown on peaceful anti-coup protesters across the country. There was chaos and terror everywhere. The military massacred civilians and burned villages. These atrocities have led to the strengthening of anti-codeta resistance groups in several states.
In addition, the National Unity Government (NUG) and the National Unity Advisory Council (NUCC) have formed a national political alliance. The NUG is with politicians overthrown by the military in a 202 coup. While this alliance is still in its infancy, the military regime could be under political siege in the near future. At the same time, the military is struggling to increase armed resistance across the country. This is an analysis of former Myanmar pro-democracy activist Zaw Tuseng, published on The Irrawaddy website, an independent Myanmar news site in English.
Myanmar Institute of Strategy and Policy reported nearly 300 clashes between the NUG People’s Defense Forces (PDF) and the Myanmar military in Sagaing from July 2021 to March 2022. More than 20,000 Bamar people were displaced due to fighting and jingle attacks and fire attacks.
Today the military regime is facing unprecedented armed resistance. At the same time, clashes between armed ethnic organizations have increased in states such as Kayah, Karen, Kachin and China. Armed resistance to the illegitimate military regime is growing across the country.
In Yangon, attacks by urban resistance forces are increasing. This forced the families of civil servants working in the State Government Council (SAC) to move to the military headquarters in Naypyitaw, Myanmar reported on April 22.
The fears of military personnel have also increased. They feared that the SAC could not protect them from the growing presence of guerrilla groups in Yangon.
According to a source close to a military family in Yangin, more than 500 military family members applied for visas to stay in Thailand. Meanwhile, pro-military elite supporters such as Aye New Win, the grandson of former dictator Ne Win, are seen spending more time in Doubay.
More than 1,000 junta workers have also been targeted by insurgent attacks in Yangon. The latest shooting targeted Myanmar’s deputy central bank-controlled governor, Than Than Swe. Former naval lieutenant commander Thein Aung, who was also an official of the military-owned Mytel Telecommunications Co., was shot down in Yangon in late 2021. In addition, more than 80 Mytel towers across Myanmar were PDF bombed.
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The NUG Ministry of Defense report in March 2022 revealed that NUG had poured 30 million or about Rs 432 billion to support the PDF.
Although the amount is small compared to the junta’s military budget of about $ 3 billion for 2022-2023, the resistance movement has the technology and continued support of a public that believes that dictatorships can end in Myanmar. It was an important element in the war against the mob.
Funding for the PDF also came from Helping Hands for Burma, the Myanmar diaspora in New Jersey, United States, which raised nearly USD 150,000 on April 24 this year from the sale of NUG bonds and a fundraising exhibition.
PDF also innovates to assemble its own weapons. The assembled PDF rifle costs less than 100 USD. Other PDFs use state-of-the-art technology such as drones and remote-controlled bombs.