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Sun May 9, 2021, 08:22 AM

Myanmar junta labels opposition government of ousted MPs a 'terrorist' group

Source: The Guardian and agencies

Myanmar junta labels opposition government of ousted MPs a ‘terrorist’ group

Coup leaders ban opposition national unity government, and contact with them, as they seek to quell ongoing protests

Staff and agencies
Sun 9 May 2021 03.00 BST

Myanmar’s military rulers have branded a national unity government formed by MPs forced to flee in the wake of the coup a terrorist group and blamed it for bombings, arson and killings as part of a propaganda campaign in state-controlled media on Saturday.

Myanmar’s army overthrew the elected government on 1 February and detained elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi, sparking months of protests during which hundreds of people have been killed by security forces. In response, local militias have been formed to confront the army while anti-junta protests have continued across the south-east Asian country and strikes have paralysed the economy.

Saturday’s announcement follows the junta’s crackdown on independent news outlets, raiding media outlets and most recently banning satellite dishes and threatening prison sentences for anyone who violates the measure.

The national unity government (NUG), which was set up by pro-democracy politicians and operates under cover, itself describes the army as a terrorist force. The NUG announced this week that it would set up a people’s defence force.


Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/may/09/myanmar-junta-opposition-government-mps-terrorist-group

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