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A Dozen Useless in Myanmar Army Airplane Crash, Together with Distinguished Senior Monk — Radio Free Asia

A navy aircraft crashed in central Myanmar’s Mandalay area Thursday, killing no less than 12 folks on board, together with a outstanding senior Buddhist monk, based on state media.

The aircraft was carrying six navy personnel, in addition to two monks and 6 devotees, from the capital Naypyidaw to Pyin Oo Lwin for a ceremony to make the inspiration of a brand new monastery, the official Myawaddy TV reported. A boy and a member of the navy survived the crash, the report mentioned, though unconfirmed accounts mentioned the soldier later died in hospital.

The senior monk who died within the crash was Bhatanda Kavisara, the abbot of Zay Kone Monastery in Pyinmana, a city outdoors of Naypyidaw, who was believed to be in his 90s and had hosted junta chief Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing for a go to on Feb. 2, a day after the navy orchestrated a takeover of Myanmar’s democratically elected authorities.

The coup prompted a nationwide Civil Disobedience Motion and widespread protests that troops loyal to the junta responded to with violent crackdowns. A minimum of 860 folks have been killed within the clashes, and greater than 4,800 arrested, charged, or sentenced, based on the Thailand-based Help Affiliation for Political Prisoners (Burma).

Thursday’s crash occurred because the aircraft, which seemed to be a Beechcraft 1900, encountered tough climate whereas trying to land at Pyin Oo Lwin’s Anisakhan airport, Myawaddy TV mentioned. In February 2016, 5 folks had been killed when an air pressure Beechcraft 1900D crashed after taking off from the airport in Naypyidaw.

Sagaing ambush

Amid nationwide turmoil following the coup, the navy has stepped up offensives in distant elements of the nation of 54 million which have led to fierce battles with a plethora of Folks’s Protection Drive (PDF) militias shaped to guard residents from troops loyal to the junta.

On Wednesday, round 10 navy troopers had been killed and 10 wounded throughout a firefight in Kani township in central Myanmar’s Sagaing area with the Kani Folks’s Protection Drive (KPDF)—a volunteer militia shaped to guard civilians from forces loyal to the junta.

A report by the Irrawaddy on-line information website cited residents as saying the KPDF used landmines to ambush 5 navy automobiles carrying some 70 troops on the Monywa-Kalewa freeway as they returned to a camp in Yargyi village after looting the close by deserted village of Thalin.

The variety of navy casualties couldn’t be independently confirmed, and residents instructed the Irrawaddy that no members of the militia had been killed or injured within the conflict.

Round 5,000 residents from 10 villages within the space have now fled their houses, sources mentioned.

On Wednesday, help staff instructed RFA that an estimated 230,000 folks have been compelled to flee their houses by Myanmar as the results of combating between the navy and native militias, in addition to territorial grabs between ethnic armies seeking to capitalize on the chaos.

The United Nations in Myanmar voiced concern Tuesday about what it referred to as “the quickly deteriorating safety and humanitarian state of affairs in Kayah state and different areas in southeastern Myanmar.”

In an announcement, the U.N. burdened the pressing want for meals, water, shelter, gasoline, and entry to healthcare for folks fleeing the combating, saying that the help it has distributed is inadequate—notably for these in distant places, the place insecurity, journey restrictions, and poor highway circumstances are delaying the supply of provides.

This picture taken and acquired from an nameless supply on April 24, 2021 exhibits Buddhist monks marching throughout an indication towards the navy coup in Mandalay. AFP

Detained monks

Myanmar’s the Dhamma and Peace group, a watchdog for non secular points, just lately referred to as on its Fb web page for stress on the junta to launch no less than 18 main monks from the Masoyein Taikthit Monastery in Mandalay who had been crushed and detained troops on June 1 after working to cease violence throughout anti-coup protests or participating within the protests themselves.

A monk in Mandalay, talking on situation of anonymity for concern of reprisal, mentioned incident exhibits that the junta is simply paying lip service to faith to legitimize its rule of the nation.

“Irrespective of what number of pagodas they constructed, what number of titles and awards they offered to the monks, it’s only a façade,” he mentioned.

“The monks had been crushed and knocked down by troops in vehicles. They hit the monks after dragging them onto the vehicles. … If they’ve any respect for faith, they need to cease all these beatings and killings of monks and laypeople.”

Sayadaw Minthonnya of Myanmar’s Buddhist College, instructed RFA it’s the accountability of the nation’s 500,000 monks and 60,000 nuns to safe the discharge of greater than 5,000 folks, together with monks, held by the junta.

“These folks have been detained and imprisoned for working for Dharma (Good). Should not we additionally combat for Dharma?” he requested.

“One of many necessities for the Sangha to stage a boycott is ‘cursing and swearing at monks.’ However now [the junta troops] not solely use blasphemy however additionally they kill. In such a state of affairs, we are able to stage a united boycott. If the navy doesn’t apologize, in the event that they don’t launch our Sangha members, we should cease offering non secular providers to them.”

The navy has denied, by state media, any wrongdoing within the June 1 incident.

Observers say there at the moment are three varieties of monks in Myanmar: those that reject the coup, those that are near the junta and settle for it, and people who should not .

An AAPP spokesman mentioned arrests and torture of monks, as seen beneath successive dictatorships, ought to by no means occur in Myanmar.

Deputy Info Minister Zaw Min Tun couldn’t be reached for touch upon Thursday and the junta has but to make an official assertion on the standing of the detained monks.

Reported by RFA’s Myanmar Service. Translated by Khin Maung Nyane. Written in English by Joshua Lipes.

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