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More bitter clashes yesterday in Myanmar with the toll rising to 618

Tim Newton



PHOTO: Burmese troops attack residents in Bago - Kadeshan

“618 Burmese civilians, including 48 children, have been killed by the army and their security forces since the February 1 coup.”

The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners reports that Burmese soldiers have killed 80 civilian protesters near Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city. Myanmar Now reports the number as 82…

“The junta’s armed forces crushed a key protest stronghold in Bago’s Ma Ga Dit road in a pre-dawn attack…. Soldiers have been stationed at the Zeyar Muni pagoda compound in the town and have taken dead bodies inside…. “There could be at least 57 dead bodies inside the pagoda compound as well as three bodies at a local morgue and one that was cremated immediately”.

Witnesses say troops used rifle grenades against protesters in Bago.

“A leader of the protest column in Bago said no one could go outside as soldiers were shooting at anybody they saw on the streets,” according to Myanmar Now.

The reporting of numbers of civilian deaths has become more complicated since the Army chiefs ordered a switch off of communications and internet, throttling the communications between people and groups inside the country. The story of the 82 people massacred in Bago took more than 24 hours to emerge.

Another Bago resident told AFP that Army officials wouldn’t allow rescue workers near the bodies.

“They piled up all the dead bodies, loaded them into their army truck and drove it away,” he told AFP.

Footage from Al Jazeera here…


Yesterday, in Tamu, Sagaing Region, in far northwest Myanmar, locals ambushed Burmese security forces with home-made rifles as they tried to enter the town to confront protesters. At least 3 soldiers and one local resident were killed in that clash.

Meanwhile, forces calling themselves the ‘Three Brotherhood Alliance’ of ethnic armed organisations attacked a police station yesterday, 25 kilometres outside of Lashio, deep in the northern Shan State near the Chinese border, resulting in the death of many police. Myanmar Now reports that 8 police were killed in the attack, including the police chief.

Troops from the Arakan Army , the ethnic Kokang Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army, and the Ta’ang National Liberation Army were involved in the strike, according to local residents.

The Brotherhood Alliance is also a part of the Federal Political Negotiation and Consultative Committee led by the United Wa State Army, an organisation trying to unite Myanmar’s disparate ethnic groups against the Burmese army.

In another update, according to AFP, 19 people were reported to have been sentenced to death for killing an associate of an army captain near Yangon, the first sentences of that nature announced on military-owned TV outlets. Only 2 of the sentenced are currently in custody, the others were sentenced in absentia.

SOURCES: AFP | Myanmar Now


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    Sunday, April 11, 2021 at 9:46 am

    Maybe there will be International Tribunal to sentence the terrorist from Myanmar military and police for killing civilians with war weapons. Trial in absentia is good option.

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    toby andrews

    Sunday, April 11, 2021 at 12:49 pm

    Ah the ethnic armies are fighting back, now if they would just work together they could clear out this dictatorship . . .

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    Sunday, April 11, 2021 at 2:05 pm

    all that because of billionaires who what to be multi billionaires… they can afford a ferarri, but they wish they could buy 20 of them

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    Sunday, April 11, 2021 at 4:28 pm

    It is too late for any negotiations or meetings, because with murderer and terrorists juntas it is impossible to make any negotions. It is for a tribunal or international courts or they exucute themsrlves these animals from the burma junta terrorists. The UN should send troops or give a mandate to Nato, eu armies or USA. no talking they only understand bullets and bombs. Another solution is to send the Karen army and protesters guns,missiles and tanks.There cannot any talk with these criminal terrorists only bring them to a court or shoot them!

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    Sunday, April 11, 2021 at 6:29 pm

    That´s a great idea! So you are calling for Syria/Libya 2.0! right? That´s insanity!

    The UN and NATO? yeah sure because China would be really Ok with western intervention on their doorstep.

    Ever heard of Korea and Vietnam? how great those interventions went for western powers at a time china was really poor and weak?

    The ethnic armies? It astonishing how little people know about the burma situation.

    Those ethnic “armies” are mostly on China´s borders and the Karens on thailand and their main activity is drugs (ever heard of the golden triangle), meth labs and smuggling. Their armies are just there to protect their businesses.

    They only operate because china allows them to since they use them many times to pressure the burmese military.

    For instance, back 2015 there was an incident where the “Wa army” was being bombed by the burmese air force and they run across the border to hide in china and the burmese planes went across the border to bomb them and they killed a few Chinese peasants on the process.

    Off course China was really angry and protested angrily to the Burmese military had to issue apologies and a compensation for the families.

    So the idea that they would join forces to take over Burma is just fantasies from people who know nothing about the reality on the ground.

    The Burmese military built a new capital in the middle of the country so they could be closer to the ethnic armies. If they were afraid of being runover by them they would have stayed in Yangon.

    Just go learn a few basics before talking about this and I’m no expert by any means.

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    Sunday, April 11, 2021 at 9:23 pm

    There is no negotiating at all with the criminal Myanmar Junta and their criminal subordinates. They have too much money and money-making interests at stake.

    So far the UN has not surprisingly failed. So far no international powers have taken any action to stop the massacre so they have failed too.

    Now, the ethnic armed groups are testing their common enemy strengths little by little so this is going to escalate into a major civil conflict soon.

    I do believe that sadly many more civilains will die but I also beleive that this time around the junta made a big mistake and they will pay for it.

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    Mr cynic

    Sunday, April 11, 2021 at 10:07 pm

    What is happening next door in burma could very easily happen in thailand.probably sounds far fetched to many here as it would have to the foreign residents of cambodia pre Khmer rouge.

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    Monday, April 12, 2021 at 1:13 pm

    @ Niko you are really no expert by any means and have really no glue about the ethnics like Karen and others. There are since 97 international help organizations for example at the Karen atea and everything is very well observed and you just wanna discredit the Karen people you low life China ccp troll. For example the free burma rangers or fbr or from the UN and Europe. Everything is very well observed and documented how these terrorists animals from the junta attack villages there kill children and rape girls there. But you talk not about things you dont know about and let talk the people who observe the situation there and try to give medical help.

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    Monday, April 12, 2021 at 1:23 pm

    @Niko by the way the golden triangle is not Karen area the triangle is in the north east so opposite. You really should not talk about Burma because you jave zero knowledhe about!

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Tim Newton has lived in Thailand since 2012. An Australian, he has worked in the media, principally radio and TV, for 41 years. He has won the Deutsche Welle Award for best radio talk program, presented over 10,000 radio news bulletins, 3,900 in Thailand alone, hosted 650 daily TV news programs and produced 2,100 videos, TV commercials and documentaries. As founder of The Thaiger, Tim now acts as the Content Manager and head-writer, whilst supervising the growth of the YouTube channel. He's reported for CNN, Deutsche Welle TV, CBC, Australia's ABC TV and Australian radio during the 2018 Cave Rescue and other major stories in Thailand.

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