Myanmar’s shadow government has called for an uprising against the army’s coup plotters who took power on Feb.
More than a thousand people have died in demonstrations against the junta since the coup, and armed resistance has spread here and there. The statement could further escalate the conflict in the country.
The shadow government is made up of members of the party of bourgeois leader Aung San Suu Kyi. She has been imprisoned since the coup.
In a video posted on social media, the leader of the national unity government, Duwa Lashi La, says people should rise up against the military government led by Min Aung Hlaing. He named himself prime minister after Aung San Suu Kyi was jailed.
“The whole world knows that the military is constantly committing war crimes. Today we are launching a civilian counter-attack on the junta,” said Duwa Lashi La. “We must start an uprising in every town and village at the same time.”
The leader hopes that officials and other government employees will step down from their duties and the leader asked armed militias to attack military targets.