Addressing the nation, Myanmar Chief of General Staff Min Aung Hlaing stated that the army declared a unilateral ceasefire until April 30 in order to continue peace talks with armed ethnic groups in the country and to hold the religious New Year celebrations on April 13-16 in peace.
General Hlaing emphasized that there are exceptions to the ceasefire, “It is beyond the cease-fire to ensure the public order by the army against activities that will disrupt the functioning of the government.” said.
ARMY POLICE CENTER IN KACHIN REGION HAS BEEN HANDLED
On the other hand, the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), one of the anti-coup ethnic armed groups, captured the police station in a district of Kachin province.
Making a statement about the operation, the KIA spokesperson stated that they managed to seize the police station of strategic importance for the Myanmar army in Kyaukgyi district with the midnight operation.
Stating that the Myanmar army has been using the police station for a while, KIA did not give any information about the casualties after the operation.
The ethnic armed groups in Myanmar, the KIA and the Karen National Association, announced that they would protect the protesters against the junta.
The Arakan Army, Ta’ang Army of National Liberation (TNLA) and the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA), which signed a ceasefire with the Myanmar army in 2018, also emphasized yesterday that the Myanmar army will break the ceasefire if the violence against the protesters does not end.
MILITARY COUP IN MYANMAR
The Myanmar army seized the administration on February 1, after the allegations of fraud in the November 8, 2020 elections and the rise of political tension in the country.
The army detained many officials and ruling party leaders, including the country’s de facto leader and Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Çii, and declared a state of emergency for a year.
The people of Myanmar started demonstrations on February 6 demanding a return to democracy.
536 demonstrators lost their lives in the armed intervention of the security forces.
While large-scale demonstrations continue in the country, high-ranking government officials in custody continue to be tried in a military court.