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Burmese military junta declares ceasefire with ethnic guerrillas

Bangkok, Apr 1 (EFE) .- The Burmese military junta has announced a month-long unilateral ceasefire with armed ethnic groups, a statement that comes after at least 20 soldiers died in a confrontation with the Kachin Independent Army. one of the most powerful ethnic guerrillas in the country.

As reported this Thursday on Twitter by Ko Bo Yi, deputy secretary of the Association for the Assistance of Political Prisoners (AAPP), the ceasefire declared on Wednesday afternoon only affects armed groups, but not protesters protesting since two months ago on the streets across the country.

“They are still killing and torturing the unarmed population,” Bo Yi denounced in reference to the military junta, which in its ceasefire exempts actions that affect the security of the government and its administrative operations.

The ceasefire occurred on the same day that at least twenty Burmese Army soldiers were killed in a clash with the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), one of the most powerful armed ethnic groups in the country, two months into the past. coup d’etat perpetrated by the military junta.

As reported on Thursday by the Burmese portal DVB News, the guerrillas opened fire on a military convoy in the town of Mohnyin, Kachin state, on Wednesday afternoon, damaging four Army vehicles in addition to causing the death of 20 soldiers.

The KIA also attacked a police station in the town of Shwegu, in the same state, in retaliation for its participation in the massacre of civilians in cities since the crackdown on dissent was unleashed, according to a KIA spokesperson to the Irrawaddy newspaper. .

The other focus of ethnic conflict in recent days are the territories controlled by the Karen guerrillas, where since last Saturday the Army has carried out several air strikes that have killed at least three civilians and led to the flight to neighboring Thailand of about 2,500 people.

Despite the repression, protests resumed this Thursday in the country’s main cities, where protesters have announced that they will burn copies of the 2008 Constitution, declared void last night by the so-called civilian government of Burma, made up of elected officials deposed by military junta.

The Committee of Representatives of the Assembly of the Union (CRPH), self-proclaimed as a legitimate government, made the announcement on Wednesday night in a statement in which, in addition to considering null the constitution that in 2008 allowed a democratic transition supervised by the military, proposed an interim “federal democratic charter”.

In 2008, the military junta then in power approved a Constitution that reserved broad powers (25 percent of the Legislative seats and control of the Interior, Defense and Borders ministries, among others) and that opened the door to a “disciplined democracy”, as the military dubbed it.

The risk of an all-out civil war led the UN special envoy to Burma, Christine Schraner Burgener, on Wednesday to warn of “an imminent bloodbath” by the coup army and to ask the Security Council to consider “significant actions that may reverse the course of events “in this Asian country.

The uniformed men justify the coup for an alleged electoral fraud in the elections of last November, in which Aung San Suu Kyi’s party was destroyed, as it did in 2015; elections that were considered legitimate by international observers.

(c) EFE Agency

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