Six protesters have been killed by the military after a series of days in Myanmar, a non-governmental organization militant group said on Sunday, while the United Kingdom and the United States condemned the atrocities committed by civilians.
Since the military seized power on February 1, they have arrested and ousted military leader Aung San Suu Kyi, a worldwide invasion he has refused to back down from his bid to return to democracy.
Bombings are reported on a daily basis and ground forces are being deployed to deal with the military, while anti-military protests have been held throughout Southeast Asia and protests by protesters have disrupted the economy.
In the western part of Chin State, the town of Mindat has become a hotbed of defense, with some forming the Chinland Defense Force (CDF).
“Six members of our CDF who were working to protect the security of the people in Mindat rebelled [the military] and they gave their lives to change the world, ”CDF said on Sunday.
The spokesman also told AFP that more than 10 people had been injured this week, while five Mindat people had been detained by the military.
With phones shut down across the country, much of the war is delayed, and the confirmation that takes place is difficult because people are afraid of retaliation.
The spokesman, who declined to be named, said CDF freedom fighters had set fire to several vehicles, destroyed them, and hid from the military, while the military attacked the city with weapons.
By Sunday, the CDF had returned to the bush, he said.
“We will no longer be in the town … but we will be back to attack soon,” he said. “We have only a handgun. This was not enough. ”
He added that the remaining people in Mindat – who have been fighting since Thursday – were afraid to leave their homes for fear of being harassed by the military.
Violence ‘cannot be justified’
U.S. and UK agencies in Myanmar issued a warning on Saturday in the Mindat riots, urging security forces to end the violence.
“The use of weapons against civilians, including this week in Mindat, also shows that the government will step down to use force,” the US ambassador said in a tweet on Saturday.
“Attacks on civilians are illegal and would not be justified,” the British ambassador said of reports of violence from Mindat.
“Evidence of abuse should be sent to [United Nations Independent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar] so the culprits can be prosecuted, ”the ambassador wrote, referring to the International Criminal Court.
‘Keep the faith’
At least 796 people have been killed by security forces since the government crackdowns on February 1, according to the monitoring team, with about 4,000 people in jail.
Despite threats of violence and arrest, protesters in Myanmar continue to march through the streets on a daily basis demanding democracy – some praising the Mindat militant group for their refusal.
Local journalists showed pictures of people living inside Monwa town protesting on Saturday night, chanting “Stay in it, Mindat” and candles.
On Sunday, demonstrators north of Hpakant marched to the jade production area with placards reading “Be of good cheer, Mindat! We, Hpakant, are always behind you!”
The head of the Catholic Church worldwide, Pope Francis, held a special meeting in Myanmar within the Church of Saint Peter in the Vatican, in which he called for an end to bloodshed and called on the faithful not to give up hope.
“In these days when Myanmar’s beloved country is plagued by violence, strife and oppression, let us ask ourselves: what are we being asked to do? First, to keep the faith,” said the 84-year-old pope.
Francis has spoken out about Myanmar’s plight several times since the government resumed, urging the military to respect “democracy” and the people while demanding the release of political leaders.