Freedom Memoirs – Day 353

Attacks on junta’s lackeys took place in Yangon’s Hlaing Tharyar, Mingalardon and Thaketa townships yesterday and today. Last night around 7pm, hundred households’ ward administrator named Ye Win Aung was shot to death by two gunmen when he was out buying food in Hlaing Tharyar Township. A local source told Khit Thit Media that the man was uneducated and unemployed and made his living on feeding information of resistance forces to junta’s soldiers. Similarly, in Mingaladon Township, another hundred household administrator called Moe Aung was also found dead with gun wounds yesterday evening. And this morning around 11.20am, Pyaung Gyi, a dalan/military informer from Thaketa Township of Yangon was shot five times and severely injured. Since he used a passerby as a human shield during the scene, the attackers chose not to shoot anymore and spared his life, Mizzima News reported.

More similar cases were reported across the country. Myanmar Now shared a news that a retired captain/ current Pyu Saw Htee member Thein Myint was found dead in his house in Naypyitaw Region on January 16. Fight for Justice-Tatkon claimed the responsibility of the attack yesterday. A bomb also exploded when a high rank military personnel visited Thein Myint’s funeral at home as well. The former captain was reputedly key to supporting and managing Pyu Saw Htee members in the area. Yesterday morning in Mon State’s Thanbyuzayat Township, a secretary of Young Men’s Burmese Association (YMBA) was shot to death while two fellow members narrowly escaped the same fate as they were discussing to organize military support protests. YMBA has been formed since colonial age to promote nationalism and acted as a mouthpiece for Buddhist extremists and military these days, in which Min Aung Hlaing has been serving as an honorary trustee.  

Regime’s lackeys do not seem to slow down despite the public’s accelerated anger towards them. It’s reported that the alliance of military soldiers, municipal staff and gang thugs have been distorting and bullying civilians and businessmen alike in Kyimyindaing’s Central Fish Market. Sources on ground told Khit Thit Media that each fish boat is taxed 50,000 MMK and each truck 10,000 MMK in the market by junta’s forces in addition to regular supply of free fishes for food. The value of food and cash that must be provided to junta’s police, soldiers and thugs add up to 100,000 MMK by every vendor on daily basis. It is almost like a daylight robbery as the guns-carrying uniformed thugs cannot be avoided or denied of tax in the market although businesses are declining, the source added.

Now onto the battle news. Khit Thit Media reported that three clashes between Chin National Defense Force (CNDF) and regime’s forces took place in Falam Township of Chin State yesterday and today. At least eight junta’s soldiers were killed and many were injured during two-day encounter, according to CNDF. The first battle took place yesterday morning followed by detonation attack in the evening and the final one took place this morning around 9am. CNDF have released a warning to local people to avoid using Falam-Kalay Road. Also today, a junta’s convoy was ambushed in Sagaing’s Tigyaing Township, and the casualties might be up to 10, according to Eagles Army HPDF which have claimed responsibility of the attack.

Another clash was reported this morning from Kachin State. About 60 regime’s troops were attacked with landmines by Myohla People Defense Force (PDF) near Kyaukkyi Village in Bamaw District and led to exchange of gun fires. The 45-minute-long battle killed at least 10 junta’s soldiers and injured many, according to The Irrawaddy. In Karenni (Kayah) State, the head quarter of ward administration office in Loikaw Town was raided by the local joint forces at today’s noon, at least 15 regime’s soldiers were reportedly killed. The local forces such as Karenni Democratic Front (KDF), GZ 21 Loikaw and JPDF coordinated the attack which lasted over one hour. No casualty was reported from the people’s side except one who fainted with exhaustion.

In Magway Region’s Myaing Township, about 60,000 people which is the 25 percent of the area population have left their homes and run to safety due to the presence of at least 1,000 junta’s troops who have come for war, according to DVB news. Regime’s soldiers have been reportedly stealing, robbing, abducting and killing anyone on sight during their marching. As a slightly relieving news, Sagaing’s Myanma Royal Dragon Army (MRDA)’s leader Bo Nagar said during an interview that the coordination between the National Unity Government (NUG) and PDFs has gotten stronger and NUG has also provided aid towards MRDA’s alliance forces.  

Junta’s attack on journalism continues. Two reporters and one office staff of Dawei Watch media were abducted in Dawei Town of Tanintharyi Region last night around 10pm. The editor of Dawei Watch told Myanmar Now that their office was closed for a long time and the staff were abducted in their own homes. The detainees were 30-year-old Ma Moe Myint and Ko Zaw and 20-year-old Ko Thar Gyi. The last reports of Dawei Watch were about 60 people who were killed during the spring revolution and 900 detainees of Tanintharyi Region, the health conditions of political prisoners and the deteriorating economy in the region. The whereabouts of the detained people remain unknown and the editor added that the staff had only done their jobs, reporting the absolute truth to the public.

During an interview with Myanmar Now, the National League for Democracy (NLD)’s Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Chairman Mahn Win Khaing Than said that the State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi had denied Min Aung Hlaing’s demand to make him the president of the country because it would worsen the woes of the country, despite knowing full well of the consequences of saying no to the coup leader. Mahn Win Khaing Than, who is now the prime minister of NUG, also added that NLD’s senior leaders including the lady were kept in the dark about military’s atrocities in Rakhine State and denied claims that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi had instructed the military to conduct airstrikes towards Arakan Army. Moreover, he said that it’s now time to end the military’s dominance in the country once and for all and he guaranteed the victory is not too far away anymore.

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