Myanmar shadow government launches guerilla radio

Bangkok: A Myanmar shadow government working to overthrow the junta launched a daily radio programme on Friday as it seeks to battle military-backed media for supremacy over the airwaves.

Myanmar has been in turmoil since Aung San Suu Kyi’s administration was ousted in a February coup, sparking huge pro-democracy protests and a bloody military crackdown.

Dissident lawmakers from her party dominate a “National Unity Government” in hiding or in exile, rallying support for the resistance on international news broadcasts.

On Friday the first of a twice-daily 30-minute “Radio NUG” programme went on-air, providing Covid-19 updates, details of alleged military atrocities and reading out letters from democracy supporters.

Another section was dedicated to local “self-defence” forces that have sprung up across Myanmar to battle junta forces — often using hunting rifles or weapons manufactured at makeshift jungle factories.

“We are sending all our best wishes to you and we are very proud of you,” read a letter one listener. – AFP