Burmese shadow government builds fighting Defence Force

PHOTO: The People's Defence Force in Myanmar released a video showing battle ready new troops. (via Twitter video screengrab)

After Myanmar’s Feb 1 military coup threw the country into turmoil, a collection of deposed leaders formed the National Unity Government, who announced they were forming the People’s Defence Force to fight back. Yesterday the new military force was seen in a video of uniformed trainees finishing their instruction and prepared for combat. The video shows about 100 men marching in camouflage through jungles carrying a red flag with a white star on it.

The military junta has sunk the country into civil unrest and humanitarian crisis, and jailed former leader Aung San Suu Kyi, charging her with various politically motivated charges. The NUG formed as a shadow government in hopes of challenging military rule to restore order to the country. The defence minister for the shadow government posted the video of the recruits graduating to combat-ready on Friday.

The military junta responded to the new force by labelling it as a terrorist organisation. They seized power claiming that Myanmar’s most recent election was fraudulent, though an electoral commission found no evidence of fraud, and as such have declared the NUG as treasonous.

The People’s Defence Force trains while the military junta fights daily civilian protests in cities around the country and frequent clashes with insurgents in the countryside across the nation. Businesses have shuttered due to the unrest bringing about widespread poverty. Numerous local militias have grown in opposition to the military.

Yesterday, local news in Yangon reported on 2 homemade explosive devices detonated in the city, seemingly aimed at a military truck and a police post. One person was reported injured in the bomb blasts.

Min Aung Hlaing, the leader of the Burmese military junta, has said that 50 police officers have been killed in skirmishes, though he did not cite figures for military deaths. Opposition forces claim to have killed many soldiers in their battles. He also claims that civilian deaths in the disputes total around 300, a stark difference from the numbers cited by the United Nations, which stated that at least 840 people have died at the juntas hands, while over 4,000 people have been imprisoned.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post


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Neill Fronde

Neill is a journalist from the United States with 10+ years broadcasting experience and national news and magazine publications. He graduated with a degree in journalism and communications from the University of California and has been living in Thailand since 2014.


  1. Good luck to them, hopefully the CIAs bloody hands are not involved. Next step they need to make an alliance with ALL the minority militaries and agree to a new federal Myanmar. Lastly draw up a list of the actual terrorists – those who have taken power through terror, and swear to bring then to justice, that is trial and execution when the war is won.

  2. Well they have a chance. They can either live the rest of their live as poverty stricken peasants, while a few dictators loot the country and become billionaires, or they can fight back.

  3. @Buttaxe – You think/hope it’s not an ” external influence” that started this and is paying for the protracted rebellion? Look more closely.

    What is obvious is ‘ too much’ organization for Burmese to have mustered. The banners in English, street tactics, matching helmets, matching track suits and shoes, coordination of attacks with radio centers and social media in every western media language and rolling street battle style. Frankly it reminds me of a ‘Color Revolution…”….European style. We also saw exactly the same tactics used in American cities last year. But I would be surprised if it were CIA. I would think that the attacks are being orchestrated by globalist interests favoring Islamic expansion.

    There were several agent provocateurs arrested…from Canada and Australia…many more fled . They were the globalist ground troops for the UN Quango who started it.

    Weapons supply and training brings this to another level. That could be coming from any number of UN Agencies. There was a push from the Muslim wing of the UN to force Su Kyi to accept the loss of Rakhine State to the Bangladesh Islamic force who’d been at war with Myanmar in the preceding years. Burmese monks put a stop to an invasion. That would be a good place to start.

    I wouldn’t be surprised to find out that the weapons are coming from an proxy of Iran and the trainers are ISIS.

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