Freedom Memoirs – Day 300

Yangon saw bomb blasts this morning. Around 8.30am, an explosion took place near traffic police post in South Okkalar Township, then again around 9am, two bombs blasted in separate locations in Yankin Township. Locals talked to Khit Thit Media that junta soldiers showed up after the blasts, blocking the roads and searching the neighbourhoods; and no casualty was reported. Security was tightened in downtown Yangon today. Khit Thit Media reported that from Yay Kyaw neighbourhood to Ahlone Township, regime soldiers blocked the entire downtown areas such as Pansodan, Sule, City Hall, Yangon Railway Station, checking all the cars, especially probox taxis, entering the city. A taxi driver told Khit Thit Media that junta soldiers seemed to be conducting a search based on a tip, and warned young people not to come to downtown. 

Similarly in Mandalay, a bomb blasted in Mahar Aung Myay Township around noon today, and a Mandalay based strike committee leader told Khit Thit Media that the bomb blasted near the regime soldiers who came to evict the squatters in the area. After the blast, junta soldiers carried out indiscriminate shooting at the passers, and two civilians were injured.

Elsewhere, resistance fighters are hard at work. In Magway Region, a military convoy moving from Yesagyo to Ma-U village, was detonated with landmines by Myingyan resistance fighters today, killing four regime soldiers. The ambush was carried out by the coalition of seven different resistance groups in the region. In Chin State, Chinland Defense Force in Matupi (CDF – Matupi) launched an attack at Matipu District Administration Office, killing two junta soldiers and injuring one on November 26. The resistance fighters also ambushed a military outpost on Matupi-Paletwa Road the day before, killing two and injuring five regime soldiers. Since more reinforcement troops were sent to Matupi, the atmosphere is quite tense according to CDF Matupi.

News came from Kachin State that the military regime carried out airstrikes on Inndawgyi area of Monyin Township on November 25. Kachin Independence Army (KIA)’s spokesperson Colonel Naw Bu told Myanmar Now that soldiers from KIA battalion 26 were attacked by airstrikes using new Su-30 fighter jets recently purchased from Russia around 1-2am but no one was injured by the attack. After the airstrike, KIA and regime forces engaged in a fighting around noon near Shwegu Township for 30 minutes, and the clash was quite intense that the heavy artillery was used according to Colonel Naw Bu.  He continued that since resistance is strong in border areas of Sagaing Region and Kachin State, the regime forces are militarily active in the area. 

Today in Natmauk Township of Magway Region, three civilians and a CDM teacher from Twin Gyi Village were beaten and arrested by the regime solders. Sources close to the detainees told DVB News that about 20 soldiers came around 2am this morning, arresting the people, as well as beating family members. Whereabouts of the detainees are unknown. A villager who fled from the village told DVB that an informant gave 15 names to the soldiers, and the soldiers refused to go back until 11 more people get arrested, threatening to torch the village. Hence, Twin Gyi villagers are on the run.

Anti-regime protests are still going on in Myanmar to this day. Marching strikes were observed in several townships of Sagaing Region, and Hpakant Township of Kachin State, Sangha Union strike in Mandalay, poster campaigns were staged in Dawei Township of Taninthayi Region, and a guerrilla protest in Yangon just to name a few. While resisting the murderous junta, people of Myanmar do not fail to take part in the global campaigns as well. As a part of 16 Days of Activism against gender based violence, protesters from Hpruso Township, Karenni State, Latpadaung area in Sagaing Region, Karen youths from Ayeyarwaddy Region and Three Pagoda Township of Karen State shared their photos with white ribbons to show solidarity with the campaign against gender based violence. 

Day 300 since Min Aung Hlaing stole our country on an early morning of February. He must have thought that staging a coup would be easy, probably did not expect the continued resistance from the public. According to AAPP, Min Aung Hlaing’s regime has arbitrarily arrested a total of 10517 people, from politicians to the public, and killed 1295 people from young children to elderlies since the coup. Nearly 2000 people have been in hiding as they are issued for arrest warrants. Millions are resisting the military regime in their own ways: refusing to pay taxes and electricity bill, striking the state establishments, boycotting military related products/services, taking up arms to fight the junta soldiers and supporting the resistance fighters and striking civil servants. Life has changed so much for us, but we share the one goal which is to eradicate the murderous military. With that, we keep marching on.

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