On 13 September, local Rakhine media reported concerns about press freedom and criticised the Tatmadaw’s Rakhine State Administration Council (RSAC) for its monitoring of local media. After the 1 February coup local journalists were still reliably accessing information from the RSAC and the Tatmadaw’s Western Command, but since July a lack of press conferences and general cooperation with the media has made reporting difficult.
On 7 September, National Unity Government (NUG) Acting President Duwa Lashi La declared “a people’s defensive war against the military junta”, calling for revolt in “every corner of the country”, for People’s Defence Forces (PDFs) to take control of their areas of activity and protect the public, and for State Administration Council (SAC) officials to immediately resign.
Seven months after the Myanmar military (Tatmadaw) attempted to seize power in a 1 February coup, Myanmar is grappling with the collapse of its public health system and other infrastructure as the COVID-19 virus spreads widely across the country.
On 27 August a local parahita group, the Metta Shin Parahita Association, was blocked by the Tatmadaw’s Light Infantry Battalion (LIB) 373 from providing emergency food assistance to more than 200 households in Dar Let village tract, in central Rakhine State’s Ann Township.