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Coup Watch Briefer May 2024: Burma on the Brink

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Key summary

  • As of 25 May, there were at least 34,371 armed clashes and attacks against civilians since 1 Feb 2021. As of 6 May, there were at least 2,804,700 displaced people since 1 Feb 2021. Junta troops continued their violent crimes.
  • Rohingya targeted by Arakan Army and junta – at least 150,000 displaced in Buthidaung.
  • Junta massacre kills at least 76 civilians in Sittwe.
  • Armed groups abduct Rohingya refugees from Cox’s Bazar, deliver to junta frontlines.
  • Kachin Independence Army solidifies control, takes 3 towns, forms brigade along Shweli River.
  • Despite arrests & abductions, junta misses draft quota by 1,000.
  • Buying spree shows junta doubling down on drone tech.
  • Aung Zeya junta counter-offensive stuck in its tracks.
  • Heatwave reaches 48.2°C, kills over 1,400 nationwide in April.
  • Prison court lengthens Monywa strike leader’s sentence to 74 years.
  • Junta seeks to resurrect Myitsone Dam, resumes other BRI projects.
  • Organizers drop Burma as host for international beauty pageant.
  • JfM investigation links Karen BGF-led syndicates to regional crime and politician.
  • Japanese government rep. holds first official dialogue with resistance groups and NUG.

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