Myanmar: “National Unity Government” says allying with rebels to “demolish” junta

Source: CTV News [Canada]

“A shadow government in Myanmar seeking to reverse the Feb. 1 coup has joined forces with a rebel group to ‘demolish’ junta rule, it said Saturday. Myanmar has been in turmoil since the military overthrew Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy government and launched a brutal crackdown on dissent. A group of ousted lawmakers later set up a shadow ‘National Unity Government’ which has sought to bring anti-coup dissidents together with Myanmar’s myriad ethnic rebel fighters to form a federal army to challenge the junta. … On Friday, the NUG released a video it said showed the first batch of fighters from its ‘People’s Defence Force,’ formed to protect civilians, completing their training. Around a hundred recruits were shown marching across flat ground surrounded by jungle. None appeared to be carrying weapons.” (05/29/21)