(TruthandLiberty.com) – On February 1, 2021, a coup involving the military overthrew the duly elected Myanmar government. Critics say that since then, the air force moved troops to quell opposition protests, bombing innocent civilians in some instances. Ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi says those who overthrew her government are terrorists. According to human rights groups, the military has killed 1,400 people since the coup.
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Sources close to Myanmar’s armed forces say the government removed General Maung Maung Kyaw as head of the air force, a position he held since 2018. Air Force Chief of Staff Htun Aung replaced Kyaw. The government did not make a formal announcement, and the media couldn’t determine why junta leader Min Aung Hlaing removed the 57-year-old elite general. The military isn’t answering any questions about the supposed firing either.
As the head general of the Myanmar air force, Kyaw carried out the bombing raids of opposition protestors. His goal was to end the resistance against the new regime. The government has never commented on the allegations and has sought to silence opposition through military intervention. Opponents argue that its forces sustained heavy losses in fighting with the previous regime’s supporters. Keeping with tradition, the government won’t comment.
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