Kachin Army welcomes anti-coup movement

The Kachin Post / February 18, 2021

Anti-coup protesters / Simsa Kasa

Burma’s one of the major Ethnic Armed Organization called Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) announced yesterday that the organization gave a thumb up to the Burmese citizens who are staging all kinds of anti-coup movements which would eternally end the military dictatorship in the country.

The statement was released by the central committee of KIO, urging the Burmese coup leaders to respect the voices of the anti-coup protesters, and avoid using violent suppression by lethal weapons.

Since last week, hundreds of thousands people from cities and towns across Burma have been protesting against the military coup led by the Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing.

KIO leaders also demanded that Burmese coup leaders should appreciate the recommendations and suggestions from International communities and neighbouring countries to solve the current political obstacles. The statement also demanded the military to stop arresting more protesters and not to create more complicated situation on top of current people’s uprising.

Last week, the Chairman of KIO sent a message via Kachin State capital Mytikyian based Peace Creation Group, saying KIO vowed to stand with anti-coup protesters if the Burma Army start shooting them.

Kachin Independence Organization’s armed wing Kachin Independence Army (KIA) has been fighting against Burma Army for decades. KIO recently celebrated its 60th anniversary of its foundation on February 5th.

The organization reached the ceasefire agreement with late military regime State Law and Order Restoration Council (SLORC) in 1994. The agreement was unilaterally breached by the Burma Army in June 2011, and resumed fighting for both parties.