More than 12,000 displaced people fled the aerial bombardments of the Burmese army in recent days, an ethnic rebel faction assured this Saturday, which ensures that they caused “many victims” and “the destruction of schools and villages”.
“More than 12,000 civilians fled, causing a major humanitarian crisis”, says the Karen National Union (KNU), one of the largest armed groups in the country.
In response to the security forces’ bloodbath against opponents of the February 1 coup, KNU seized a military base in Karen state last week, in the southeast of the country.
In retaliation the army carried out airstrikes between March 27 and 30 against the KNU strongholds, the first in two decades in this region.
“Many civilians died, among them minors and students. Schools, houses and towns were destroyed ”, assures the KNU.
“We urge all ethnic minorities in the country (…) to carry out strong actions and take sanctions ”against those responsible.
Since the independence of Myanmar in 1948, many armed ethnic factions have been in conflict with the central government for greater autonomy, the recognition of its specificity, the access to the many natural resources of the country or a part of the lucrative drug trade.
In recent years the army reached a ceasefire with some of them.
But, since the coup that overthrew the civil government of Aung San Suu Kyi, several have supported democratic mobilization and threatened to take up arms against the junta, which represses the uprising with blood and fire.
At least 550 civilians have been shot dead by security forces in the last two months, according to the Association for Aid to Political Prisoners (AAPP).
There could be many more, since more than 2,700 people have been detained, without access to relatives and lawyers. Many are missing.
The board also blocked internet access for a large majority of the population.
The generals they turn a deaf ear to international condemnations.
The UN Security Council “Expressed deep concern about the rapidly deteriorating situation” and “firmly” condemned the violence in a unanimous statement.
But China and Russia are categorically opposed to the idea of the UN imposing sanctions, unlike the United States and the United Kingdom, which have already imposed them.