Myanmar junta has ‘no heart for humanity’, says Karen leader as ethnic groups join forces
Unrest continues in Myanmar, where more than 700 civilians have been killed since the February 1 military coup that ousted Aung San Suu Kyi. The protest movement is developing on the political front with opponents from the military junta announcing the formation of a national unity government on Friday, including members of Suu Kyi’s dismissed cabinet and representatives of ethnic minority groups and other allies.
The Karen National Union in the east, on the border with Thailand, has offered protection to fleeing protesters in the territory they control.
Major General Nerdah Mya, head of the Karen National Defense Organization, spoke to Jowharabout developments in Myanmar. A leader of the Karen National Liberation Army, the oldest guerrilla group still fighting in Myanmar, described the situation in the country as “very critical” and called on the international community to take immediate action to end the assassination. He stressed that the people of Myanmar are not giving up the fight and discussed attempts to coordinate with other ethnic groups and democratic forces to end the military regime.
“We have been fighting for self-determination and freedom and an independent state for the people for so many years. It has been more than 17 years already. And we are also working with other ethnic groups who have the same goals and objectives as us,” said Major General FRANCE “We are holding hands and fighting the current military regime,” he said. “They are so brutal. They have no heart for humanity. “
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