Martial law has been imposed in almost 40 towns across Myanmar’s 14 regions, with authorities saying the move was necessary to effectively carry out security.
Several areas of Myanmar placed under martial law
Martial law has been declared in several areas of military-run Myanmar, a day after authorities extended a state of emergency throughout the country wracked by violence that some experts have described as a civil war.
State-run MRTV television broadcast an announcement on Thursday by Aung Lin Dwe, secretary of the military’s State Administration Council, imposing martial law in 37 townships across eight of the country’s 14 regions and states.
Eleven of the townships are in Sagaing region and seven in Chin state, areas in the northwest where fighting has been fiercest between the army and guerrillas belonging to pro-democracy People’s Defence Forces and their allies in ethnic minority militias.
The army has been struggling to contain a nationwide insurrection by opponents of military rule who took up arms after peaceful protests against the army’s February 1, 2021, seizure of power were suppressed with lethal force.