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KNU: Military Coup Leaders Destroyed Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement – Time to Remove Military from Politics

The KNU, an ethnic armed organization and a signatory of the NCA, issued its statement pressuring the military to issue an official declaration of its commitment to a federal democracy and to withdraw from politics. The KNU said the NCA presented many challenges throughout its implementation process, but the worst was when the military staged its coup on February 1,…

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Northern Karen State: Burma Army Increase its Troops and Begins Shelling Villages

A KNU source confirmed to Karen News the Burma Army has begun to fire heavy artillery into civilian areas. The KNU source said Burma Army troops sent to Hpapun-Kamamong area are from the Light Infantry Battalion (LIB) 404 and LIB (406) that come under the Military Operations Command #8. The 5th Brigade, Karen National Liberation Army spokesperson, Lieutenant Colonel Saw…

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Fighting and COVID-19 Concerns Forces Karen National Union to Again Postpone its 17th Congress – Frustrating Critics Demanding Leadership Changes

Padoh Saw Hser Pwe, the Congress implementation committee chairperson, who is also a KNU joint secretary, confirmed to Karen News that the surge of COVID-19 in KNU controlled territories has caused the six-month delay. Padoh Saw Hser Pwe said the committee is closely monitoring the pandemic to gauge when they can safely hold the Congress. The Congress is held every…

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National Unity Government Declares War on Burma’s Military Regime – KNU Offers its Support

President Duwa Lashi La, in a seven-minute social media broadcast said it was time to put a stop to the military regime’s continued torture, detention, jailing and murder of civilian’s opposed to the military’s coup and its dismantling of the country’s parliamentary system. President Duwa Lashi La said NUG has moved to declared war to protect the people against “military…

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Fighting Continues – Burma Army Sends 200 Soldier to Retake its Camp in Central Karen State

Villagers told Karen News that today, on Tuesday, 1st September, a firefight lasting around 30-minutes broke out at Pae Traw Doo (Paing Kalan Don) village, one-mile from North of Kyate (Kli) village in Kyainseikgyi Township between soldiers from the KNLA 6th Brigade and the Burma Army. Villagers explained to Karen News KNLA soldiers warned the Burma Army not to cross…

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Burma Military Increases its Troops and BGF Strength in KNU Territory – Plans to Crush People’s Defence Force and National Union Government

Reports circulated the Burma Army were putting in place plans to use counter-insurgency strategies against opposition against the military coup – the National Unity Government (NUG) and the People’s Defense Forces (PDF) – taking refuge in KNU controlled territory. Fighting in Karen National Liberation Army 5th and 1st Brigades has now spread to KNLA Brigade 6 and Brigade 7. Local…

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Karen Health Officials Vow to Continue its COVID-19 Responses, Despite Military Council Objections

The Karen Department of Health and Welfare, a KNU department providing primary healthcare to Karen communities, has recently stepped up its responses to try to stop the spread of COVID-19 by setting up screening points and enforcing temporary lockdowns in at-risk areas in Karen State. The KDHW public health initiative was met with objections from the Karen State military administrative…

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Note to Leaders: The Karen Revolution is not for Sale

By Saw Greh Moo* In more than seven decades of armed struggle, tens of thousands of Karen people, both freedom fighters and civilians, sacrificed their lives and thousands more maimed and crippled fighting for freedom and equality. The price has been high and difficult to swallow, but no struggle for freedom has ever been cheap or easy. Throughout the revolutionary…

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KNU Denies Military’s Accusation of Training Anti-Coup Groups

The official letter, dated May 18, 2021, sent by the State Level Military Council to the KNU’s Liaison office in Hpa-an accused the KNU of providing military training to the groups outlawed by the Military Council. The groups named in the letter are: the anti-coup shadow government, National Unity Government (NUG) and its affiliates. The letter accused the KNU of…

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Karen Army: Burma Army Camp Destroyed After Its Soldiers Fire On Unarmed Civilian River Traffic in Northern Karen State

The Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) launched an offensive against the Burma Army camp in the early morning of Tuesday 27 April. The KNLA attack was successful. Colonel Saw Kler Doh, spokesperson for KNLA 5th Brigade confirmed the capture of the military regime’s army base to Karen News. Colonel Saw Kler Doh said the KNLA operation was launched in response…

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