The army is burning the villages of the opposition in Myanmar

There was a coup in Myanmar in February 2021. Those who oppose it are being burned at the stake by the country’s military.

Myanmar’s military has burned hundreds of villages, in whole or in part, since the beginning of the year, according to data released by the rights group Data for Myanmar. More than 5,000 civilian buildings have been set on fire to quell opposition to last year’s coup.

U.S. Earth-imaging company Planet Labs and NASA’s satellite images have been examined by the news agency Reuters, which has found evidence of burning villages in the Sagaing region of Myanmar. These villages were mainly inhabited by Buddhists.

The People’s Defense Force (PDF) has been battling the Myanmar army in the area for almost a year.

The PDF is the armed unit of the National Unity Government (NUG), the exiled Myanmar government formed by former parliamentarians after the coup. Myanmar’s military government has outlawed NUG and PDF, calling them terrorists.

Villagers have fled elsewhere due to attacks and fire by Myanmar’s military. The United Nations says more than 52,000 people have fled their homes in the last week of February.

On February 8, satellite images showed parts of Bin village in the Sagaing area burning. Some residents told Reuters their village was set on fire on January 31. About a hundred houses have been burnt down. But no one was killed or injured.

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