onsdag 31. mai 2023

Myanmar coup: The soldiers refusing to fight

The Myanmar military is suffering defections from its forces and is finding it hard to recruit. In exclusive interviews, newly-defected soldiers tell the BBC that the junta, who seized power in a coup two years ago, is struggling to suppress the armed pro-democracy uprising. "No-one wants to join the military. People hate their cruelty and unjust practices," says Nay Aung. The first time he tried to leave his base he was badly beaten with a rifle butt and called a "traitor".

He managed to escape the second time and flee across the border to Thailand with the support of opposition groups. "One of my friends is in the resistance," he says. "I called him and he told people here in Thailand about me. I arrived here with their help."

He's now living in a safehouse along with 100 other newly-defected soldiers and their families. These men, who refused to fight their own people, are now in hiding so we are not using their real names. They're being housed and protected by the very resistance movement they were ordered to fight.