The Kachin Post / March 27, 2021
Soldiers from the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA), the armed wing of Karen National Union (KNU), has occupied a Burma Army post on the Thai-Burma border today, retaliating against the killings of civilians by the security forces of Burma’s coup council State Administrative Council (SAC).
The troops from the Karen Army’s Brigade 5th has completely overrun the Burma Army’s Thimuhtar post on the Thai-Burma border after an hour-long offensive this early morning, according to the KNU’s statement released on the same day. Several Burmese soldiers were captured and some armed and ammunition were seized by the KNLA.
The KNU statement stated that the Ethnic Armed Organization will intensify fighting against Burma Army loyal to the military coup council SAC in order to protect the innocent civilians, most of them had been slain daily by the Burmese soldiers.
KNU is one of the major Ethnic Armed Organization which signed the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement with previous Burmese government. However, it changed the stand just after the Burma’s military coup on February 1st 2021.
KNU said the organization will not allow to administered the SAC authorities in its controlled territories, which encompass mostly southeastern Burma along the Thai-Burma border, according to the statement. KNU previously stated that it support the anti-coup protesters and the anti-coup Committee Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (CRPH).
Karen National Union was established on February 5th, 1947, a month after Burma gained independence from British colonial rule. The organization has been fighting for independence Karenland.