Myanmar Citizens Voice Support For Uprising Against Junta Despite Risks

Many people in Myanmar support the National Unity Government’s (NUG) declaration of war against the military junta despite the threat of added instability and inflation, sources in the country said Wednesday, a day after the shadow government leadership announced the move.

The call to arms and declaration of a state of emergency by NUG interim president Duwa Lashi La Tuesday prompted residents of the country’s biggest cities, Yangon and Mandalay, to rush to stock up on supplies, while reports of attacks by PDF and armed ethnic groups on government troops and military sites trickled in.

In a video address on social media Duwa Lashi La said the military had not only seized control of the country by force through a Feb. 1 coup d’état, but also violated the livelihoods and property of Myanmar’s 54 million citizens, necessitating its immediate overthrow.

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Reported by RFA’s Myanmar Service. Translated by Khin Maung Nyane. Written in English by Joshua Lipes.