Myanmar’s shadow government, formed by opponents of military rule, called for a revolt in every village, town and city in the entire country at the same time against the military-installed government and urging bureaucrats to leave their posts on Tuesday.
The acting president of the National Unity Government, Duwa Lashi La, said in a speech that the shadow government, which is made up of members in exile or in hiding was declaring a state of emergency.
Myanmar’s military toppled the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi on Feb. 1, triggering a wave of protests by pro-democracy supporters, and hundreds of deaths as security forces tried to quell the demonstrations.
“Some opponents of military rule have formed armed groups, under the banner of the People’s Defence Forces, and have forged alliances with some ethnic militias that have long seen Myanmar’s army as their enemy.”
Duwa Lashi La called for a revolt against the rule of the military terrorists led by Min Aung Hlaing in every corner of the country.
Myanmar’s military ruler, Min Aung Hlaing, last month took on the role of prime minister in a newly formed caretaker government and pledged to hold new elections by 2023.
The junta has itself branded the NUG and People’s Defence Forces as terrorist groups.
“Military-appointed administrators should immediately leave your positions,” Duwa Lashi La said.
Soon after February’s coup, a civil disobedience movement was set up in a bid to undermine military rule.
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has been leading diplomatic efforts to end the violence and open a dialogue between the military rulers and their opponents.
ASEAN’s envoy to Myanmar, Erywan Yusof, said in an interview that the military had accepted his proposal for a ceasefire until the end of the year to ensure distribution of humanitarian aid.
A pro-democracy activist and another member of the NUG said the junta could not be trusted to honour such a deal.