Myanmar Spring Chronicle – June 11 Scenes

(MoeMaKa) June 12, 2022

Does armed revolution require central cooperation and central management?

Armed revolution aimed for the demolishing of the military junta has passed one year now. They are carrying out recruitment of manpower, military training, sharing experience, food, arms collection and territorial attacks to prevent the military junta from invading and ruling the civilian areas.

The steps of recruitment, consolidation and training to strengthen the armed forces vary from region to region. In some regions, with the help of EROs (Ethnic Resistance Organizations), the steps can be done earlier but in some regions, while they are still carrying out the initial steps, they are no match to Myanmar army’s brutal attack.

In Kachin State and the upper part of Sagaing Division bordering the Kachin State, the resistances are carried out with the help, training and leading of KIA and in Karen State, Kayah State and Chin States, the resistances are carried out with the help and cooperation of local EROs.

In Mon State, Ayeyawaddy Division, Tanintharyi Division, Bago Division, Sagaing Division and Mandalay Division, People Defense Force (PDF) groups formed locally are acting under different names by regions or cities and they act individually or in cooperation with each other.

There have been a few incidents such as conflicts and arrests between PDF groups so far. In the past few months, an investigation has been launched into the incident which has led to the deaths of some PDFs relating to the Yinmarbin incident and no final result has been released so far. This was how the problem is handled during the armed revolution.

The purpose of saying that is, there might be some advantage and rooms from the point of view of self-ruled-regional forces that they are working with their own funds and own leaders. But, at a certain period, there will be hundreds of groups acting individually and so the advantage of consolidated management and combined attack power would not be obtained.

It can be said that it is sufficient for NUG to make alliances with EROs in ethnic armed areas and consult with them. But NUG should consider urgently whether PDFs who are not under arrangement with ERO groups such as in regions of Magway, Sagaing, Mandalay need to be supported and managed by the central. It’s because in those areas, people support PDFs by risking their lives, properties and their assets. If they are taken down, burnt and destroyed by Myanmar regime, it would not be easy for people to bounce back and rebuild. Without people empowerment, community and regional support for the revolution would be impossible.

If people are given only material support for their revolution but not getting proper leadership, management and sustained support, there is a possibility that the victory will be prolonged. Therefore, leadership, support and the protecting the people are most important at the moment.

It should not be taken for granted that the surge of revolution will always be in the upper hand. It is important to be able to direct the path at its climax to get a better result as the saying goes; “it’s natural for the flames to burn at its peak when the fuel is abundant but burn out when the fuel is running out”.