April 14, 2021
Chin News News

TIMELINE: post-coup situation updates on political developments in Chin State

13 April 2021 – In Hakha at about 11am, armed soldiers arrested Salai William Bawi Lian Hup and his driver (name to be confirmed) in Hakha, and later raided William’s house, taking some unknown stuff. At about 10am, armed soldiers conducted a raid on Rung Guest House in Pyidawtha, opening all the doors of the rooms and taking some documents belonging to Manager Salai Za Hlei Tlumang. Protesters staged a peaceful jungle strike, holding placards with messages including:

  • We lost justice
  • We want federal democracy
  • We must win
  • We fight for babies’ future
  • We fight for next generation
  • We lost our real voices.

In Tedim at about 1pm, armed soldiers raided the house of Pu Han Khanh Lian, an MP elect in the 2020 election. No arrests were made as he was not at home.

In Hakha, at least five out of six invited members for the Hakha town development supervisory committee rejected an offer by the chairperson of the Chin State Administration Council. They are: Pu Thawng Kian, Dr. Thla Cung, Pu Ral Kham, Pu Cung Hu and Pu Chum Ling.

In Hnaring and Thantlang, GAD in Thantlang demanded 20 staff of Thantlang GAD and Hnaring GAD, who joined the CDM, to return their two-month salaries and special allowance before 29 April 2021.

In Kalay at about 3:50pm, armed soldiers and police raided the house of U Duai Kung in Aungthapyi Thitsar. In Tamu, at least two youths were arrested and tortured by armed soldiers.

In Thantlang, youth groups organized a ‘black T-shirt’ protest with a three-finger salute.

In Aizawl, Mizoram State of India, two refugees (one male aged 27 and one female 24) arriving from Tahan, Sagaing tested positive of COVID-19. The Mizoram State government stepped up COVID-19 preventive measures, triggering the need to test refugees from Chin State arriving in the Mizoram’s capital city.

12 April 2021 – In Tedim, Rev. Khup Khen Pau and wife Don Ngaih Lun, who were arrested at their home last night, were still detained by armed soldiers.

In Tamu, Sagaing Region, there was an exchange of fire between armed soldiers and civilians in self-defense for about 5 hours from 6am to 11am. “Armed soldiers force-entered a hospital, and a church building where residents were hiding. Soldiers checked and took away phones,” a Tamu resident said. A 7-year-old kid was reportedly killed (to be confirmed) and at least two individuals were detained.

In Thantlang, youths staged a ‘white T-shirt’ protest, holding placards with messages reading:

  • Save Myanmar
  • Justice for Myanmar
  • Give back peoples’ power to the peoples
  • Stop military coup
  • We support CNF/A (Chin National Front/Army)
  • We support CRPH
  • We don’t want dictatorship
  • We must win Sprint Revolution

11 April 2021 – In Tedim, armed soldiers conducted a night raid on the house of Pu Do Sian Pau, a CDMer of the Tedim Cooperative Department, at about 11pm. As he was not at home, soldiers arrested his parents – Rev. Khup Khen Pau, 70, a retired pastor of Cope Memorial Baptist Church, and Don Ngaih Lun. Armed soldiers also raided the house of Saya Cin Bawi, owner of a private boarding school. As he was not at home, they reportedly arrested his wife.

Rev. Khup Khen Pau and his wife arrested in Tedim as soldiers were not able to find their son.

In Hakha, residents staged a ‘Green Day’ strike using leaves with messages written on them including:

  • We need R2P
  • Spring Revolution must prevail
  • We want democracy

In Hakha, residents organized a ‘flash’ strike as part of a nationwide protest against the military coup.

In Mindat, youths organized a dawn protest at about 4am holding flash lights in a park.

In Tamu, Sagaing Region, armed soldiers opened fire on protesting crowds. At about 2pm, they shot a motorbike with two individuals (one male and one female), leaving the male driver dead instantly and the female injured. Fighting continued until about 4pm. At about 8pm, armed soldiers reportedly set fire on a two-storey brick house in town centre.

10 April 2021 – In Hakha, the name of the Chin State government building was changed into ‘Chin State Administration Council’.

In Falam, a helicopter landed on the military base over Falam town at about 11am.

In Tedim, some shops were not open because of the shootings and night raids last night.

In Kalay, hundreds of people staged a peaceful protest, holding a banner that reads ‘People are in fear but protest cannot be stopped’. In Tamu, armed soldiers opened fire several times on protesting crowds at about 12:30pm and their blockades. No casualties were reported.

In Kalay, families managed to get from the military hospital the body of Salai Biak Lawm Cuang, 26, who was shot dead in Tahan on 7 April 2021 by armed soldiers. He has two young children. “His parents didn’t know where he was although they knew that he was shot on 7 April. Parents went to the military hospital in Kalay after having learned that there was a dead body still remaining unclaimed at the military hospital. Today, they could identify his body.” Salai Biak Lawm Cuang lived in Tahan, Kalaymyo.

In Thantlang, a jungle protest was organized with banners reading: “We want federal democracy”, “Our revolution must win sooner”, “Down with the military dictatorship”.

In Tamu, there was an armed clash between Tatmadaw soldiers and civilians, who were self-defending, from about 11:30am to 12:30pm, leaving 12 armed soldiers dead and several soldiers injured, and two civilians dead.

Ngun San Aung, chairperson of the Chin State Administration Council, reportedly appointed six individuals as members of the Hakha Town development supervisory committee (see below). However, the new appointees said that they had not been consulted and informed of this move, and that they didn’t even know that they were appointed to become a member of this new committee.

  1. Pu Thawng Kian
  2. Pu Chum Ling
  3. Pu Thla Bik
  4. Pu Ral Kham
  5. Pu Cung Hu
  6. Dr. Thla Cung

Sources confirmed that some detainees, especially at the military prison on Mount Rung, were severely tortured different ways. It involved dozens of caning, sources confirmed.

No information about seven policemen CDMers, who were arrested at a checkpoint near Thantlang but have been reportedly detained in Hakha, remains unknown, family members said.

9 April 2021 – In Hakha, residents staged a ‘stay-at-home’ protest, organizing a ‘three-finger salute’ with a Chin traditional blanket in the background. Multi-denominational prayer services for peace in Myanmar were held at eight different churches in the morning.

In Tedim, armed soldiers raided houses and arrested three individuals including Cing Don Kim, a nurse CDMer working at the Tedim General Hospital, at night. Residents in Sakorlam Ward heard shootings about ten times.

In Kalaymyo, seven out of 18 arrested on 7 April were released around 10am. Hundreds of protesters staged peaceful rallies in at least three different routes. In Tamu, peaceful protests continued.

In Matupi, five arrestees were still kept in police custody:

  1. Timothy
  2. Titus
  3. John Ahta
  4. Naung Naung
  5. U Thun Lin Oo (founder of Joseph Oxygen, a local charity organization)

Armed soldiers in trucks went to the township election commission offices in Tonzang, Tedim, Falam and Thantlang, took all the election-related documents and went back to Hakha.

In Thipcang village, Falam Township, there were armed soldiers arriving in the village and reportedly establishing a temporary base to monitor people travelling.

In Sopum village, Thantlang Township, armed soldiers continued

In Tedim, armed soldiers raided houses and arrested three individuals including Cing Don Kim, a nurse CDMer working at the Tedim General Hospital, at night. Residents in Sakorlam Ward heard shootings about ten times.

In Hakha, Duh Hu Thang, male, and Te Mawng, male, were arrested while collecting stuff at the Hakha Bus Terminal. They were detained at the military base on Mount Rung.

The military junta issued warrants for the arrests of Myanmar celebrities including Chin artists (list of names below to be updated). They all were charged with Section 505A of Myanmar Penal Code.

  1. Yaw Kee, male singer
  2. Benjamin Sum, male singer
  3. Sung Tin Par, female singer
  4. Chaw Su Khin, female singer
  5. Ni Len, female singer

In Hakhat at the bus terminal, armed soldiers checked every bus and unpacked every items of goods upon arrival.

8 April 2021 – In Hakha, armed soldiers and police stopped and checked any cars entering Hakha from the Kalay-Hakha road at the six-junction checkpoints in Hakhathar Ward between 1:30pm and 6pm. Most of them were not allowed to move for hours. The military-formed State Administration Council invited Ward Administrators and community leaders in Hakha to attend a meeting planned at the government’s kindergarten school at 9am this morning. But it was cancelled as no one turned out. Gen-Z staged a flower protest.

In Tedim, armed soldiers in four trucks, reportedly from LIB No. 17 based in Kalaymyo, arrived at about 11:40am.

In Yangon, James Po Htung, 27, a Mizzima media staff, was arrested at his house. No information about his whereabouts was known.

In Kalaymyo, shooting was reported in Taungphila Ward at about 2:30pm. Hundreds of protesters staged peaceful rallies, marching along different lanes. Protesters observed one-minute silence in honour of those killed yesterday.

In Matupi, three university students and four CSO representatives were arrested and were kept in police custody at the Matupi Town Police Station.

In Hakha, Rev. Bual Sang, who was arrested in Cinkhua yesterday, was released in the evening after Hakha-based Christian leaders’ negotiation with the authorities.

In Paletwa, residents and nearby villagers were forced to build stages for water festivals. About 10 young women were forcibly recruited in Chindoh, Dalatmay and Aungbalaing villages to dance at the water festivals. In some villages, AA soldiers also forced villagers to organize water festivals.

In Paletwa, the military authorities ordered residents to stop using PSI satellite disks and said that the deadline was 9 April. PSI satellite is a TV channel through which Mizzima and DVB news were broadcast. The Township Administration Council told residents to submit PSI satellite disks to them by tomorrow, according to the Khumiland News. This was also reported in Matupi.

In Kalaymyo, three members of Kalay Civil Army were arrested, namely:

  1. Lal Kim, male
  2. Lal Zung, male
  3. Thangte, male

In Hakha, especially in Hakhathar ward, armed soldiers took away satellite TV disks (PSI and Tata) from several houses. One resident said: “They [soldiers] came to our house, took our satellite TV disk and other related equipment and ordered us to write our names on a sheet of paper. They said that they would bring them back and they left.”

7 April 2021 – In Hakha at about 3pm, armed soldiers raided the house of Cung Lian Thawng, a Christian pastor, who lives at staff quarters of the Hakha Baptist Association, and took him away as they were in search of his brother-in-law. Later at about 7pm, he was released after being interrogated at the Hakha Town Police Station. But he was taken to Cinkhua village where armed soldiers arrested his father, Rev. Bual Sang, at about 10pm as they were not able to find the brother-in-law, who was believed to be based in the village. Rev. Bual Sang is known to be kept in police custody in Hakha.

Pastor Cung Lian Thawng

In Matupi, four youths were arrested and kept in police custody while on their way home at night. Christian leaders were making an effort into negotiating with the authorities for their immediate release. (1. Nawng Naung, male 2. Taik Tat, male 3. Timothy, male 4. John Ahta, male)

In Falam, armed soldiers force-entered one house to another in parts of the town (especially in Cinmual Ward) at night, checking family members against the family registry list.

In Kalaymyo, armed soldiers and police shot civilian protesters (who formed a team to self-defend) at about 5, ambushing the blockades set up in self-defence by communities and killing at least 8 individuals (believed to be all males). Several others were reported being injured. About 10 individuals were arrested, blindfolded and taken away in military trucks. Media reports also said that at least three dead bodies (one of the bodies is identified as Van Tha Thang) were taken by soldiers. In other parts of Kalay, protesters staged a peaceful rally, organizing a one-minute silence in honour of those killed this morning.

  1. Ar Kar Thu Aung aka Tluang Tin Lian, 22
  2. Van Tha Thang, Hakhalay villager, father of two young children (Originally from Dawn village, Thantlang Township; currently living in Sanmyo Ward, Kalaymyo)
  3. Ngul Sian Pau (shot dead while feeding his pigs in the backyard of his house; originally from Vangteh village, Tedim Township; currently living in Hmunlai Ward, Kalaymyo)
  4. Pu Siama, staff at Wesley Hospital
  5. Thaw Zin Aung
  6. Salai Lal Dan Sang, 25 (whose body was returned to the family at about 4pm and the funeral service took place at about 6pm in Kalaymyo)
  7. (to be updated more)

Soldiers carrying a dead body in Kalay

In Kalay, some houses were force-entered and ransacked by armed soldiers. In Kalaymyo, armed soldiers force-entered, destroyed doors and ransacked houses, taking away cashes (estimated to be over 2,000,000 Kyats.

In several towns including Aizawl, Lunglei, Champhai, Serchip, Saiha and Sangau in Mizoram State, India, fund-raising events were organized collecting contributions from the general public. A charity concert was also held in Lunglei where about 40 singers performed.

In Thantlang, the chairperson of the Chin State Administration Council and the tactical commander based on Mount Rung in Hakha arrived to attend a meeting planned with community and religious leaders. But the meeting was cancelled as no one turned out.

In Tedim, residents staged a peaceful protest, walking along the main road. Messages on placards included:

  • Federal democracy coming soon
  • We shall overcome
  • An eye for an eye
  • We support ZFA (Zomi Federal Army)
  • Against the military coup
Peaceful protest in Tedim

6 April 2021 – In Tedim Township, about 20 armed soldiers arrived in Tongsial village on foot at about 1pm and occupied the primary school. Tongsial, having about 30 households, is a village situated near Manipur river.

In Tedim, hundreds of residents continued a peaceful protest, wearing paper masks with messages reading:

  • Stop violence
  • We will overcome
  • We support ZFA (Zomi Federal Army)
  • Freedom from fear
  • An eye for an eye
  • Federal democracy coming soon

In Hakha, Gen-Z posted A4 anti-coup messages on rocks on hills. Messages included:

  • Stop killing people
  • Give back our future
  • Against military coup
  • We want justice
  • We welcome the new government formed by CRPH
  • Mothers at home, can you swallow the food bought from salaries received for killing people?
  • We want federal democracy
  • End police brutality

In Kalaymyo, Sagaing Region, protesters staged a night rally, burning the flag of China in protest against China’s support of Tatmadaw. Hundreds of residents continued peaceful protests at different locations.

In Thantlang, photos of Min Aung Hlaing and books of 2008 Constitution were burnt in a jungle. Pu Tial Ceu and Salai Van Hun Sang (both were arrested on 27 March) were released from detention at about 7:30pm.

5 April 2021 – In Yangon, armed soldiers raided a monastery in Sanchaung, arresting Tg Kam Suan Khai for no reasons, who was walking near the location.

CDM Support for Chin posted that there are at least 14 (to update numbers of males and females) Chin civilians killed since 1 February 2021.

In Mindat, a ‘protest without protesters’ was organized in a park. Messages of placards planted on the ground included:

  • Sprint revolution will prevail.
  • Federal democracy
  • If there is a will, there is a way
  • We support CRPH
  • CDMers, stay the course.
Mindat

4 April 2021 – In Hakha, Esther Zing Tha Cuai (who was arrested on 2 April) was released. Staff (CMDers) of Chin State General Administration Department staying at staff quarters in Hakha were evicted at about 12:00noon without any prior notice/warning.

In Hakha Township, armed soldiers (estimated to be about 30) arrived in Chuncung village on the Hakha-Kalay road, Tinam and Zokhua villages on the Hakha-Gangaw road, Tiphul and Rinpi villages on the Hakha-Hmandaw road, and Sakta village on the Hakha-Matupi road, ordering villagers not to allow individuals whose arrest warrants were issued, and to give them information right away if they saw them in their respective villages. The soldiers brought photo print-outs of those ‘wanted’ and showed them to the villagers. The soldiers said that necessary action would be taken in accordance with existing laws if villagers allow them to stay in the village.

In Chin State, people organized an ‘Easter Egg Campaign’, writing messages on eggs. Messsages included:

  • Reject military coup
  • Federal democracy
  • We want and need justice
  • Save Myanmar
  • CDM
  • R2P
  • Never give up
  • Justice
  • CRPH
  • Spring revolution
  • Three-fingers salute
  • Federal army
  • We will win

In Kalaymyo, protesters held up a flag reading ‘Kalay Civil Army (KCA), which was formed in defence of the communities and civilians.

Chin actress Mai Zung Cer Mawi, aka Thet Mon Myint, was among 20 other celebrities who were charged with Section 505A of Myanmar’s Penal Code for their support of the public by the military junta.

In Tamu, armed soldiers opened fire on public at about 3:30pm but no casualties were reported. Explosions were reported at two locations, killing one civilian.

3 April 2021 – In Hakha at about 10am, armed soldiers and police as well as non-uniformed military intelligence conducted a raid on the premises of the Hakha Post, taking some documents. Gen-Z burnt photos of Min Aung Hlaing and other military leaders as well as books of 2008 Constitution, and organized a ‘cardboard scarecrow’ protest in a jungle near Hakha town. Messages included:

  • We fight until we win
  • MAL, rest in hell
  • Messages condemning ‘informants’ as public traitors.

In Tedim, ‘Ngeisok Art Festival’ was organized on Mount Thang Mual where artists sang songs, read poems, made drawings and erected some posters in protest against the military coup from 10am to 3pm.

In Tahan, Kalaymyo, residents staged a sit-in protest. Salai Thang Sang, 26, Thanpho villager, who was shot in his belly by armed soldiers on the Kalay-Gangaw road on 1 April, died around 2pm.

2 April 2021 – In Kalaymyo, anti-coup protests continued amid intensified tensions between armed soldiers and police and protesters.

In Hakha, armed soldiers and police raided houses at night and during the day, and arrested 8 individuals:

  1. Siang Tha Cem (at his house at about 7pm)
  2. Siang Ling
  3. Van Dawt Thawng
  4. Bawi Cung Nung
  5. Tum Cung
  6. Thar Aye (at his house at about 8pm; CDMer of Hakha Municipal Department)
  7. Esther Zing Tha Cuai (at her house at midnight)
  8. Aye Maw (at her hous at midnight; CDMer)

In Congte village, Falam Township, villagers found out that Christian crosses erected on tombstones were destroyed.

In Tamu, Kalay Township, armed soldiers shot a police CDMer identified as Mr. Thong Hao Gin at about 2am.

Armed soldiers shot a 13-year-old boy, identified as Mg Nyi Naing Phyo, to death when the soldiers opened fire on houses near Natchaung and Chaungkhuah in Kalay Township, Sagaing Region.

In Hakha, armed soldiers and police forced shop-owners and sales staff to erase anti-coup writings (eg. CDM) and posters stuck along the main road. Photos of military leaders and Union/State Administration Council members, and books of 2008 Constitution were burned in a jungle near Hakha town.

1 April 2021 – In Hakha, Prayer services in commemoration of Maundy Thursday were organized at different churches from 11am to 1pm. Soldiers occupied the Hakha Town Hall. Armed soldiers and riot police conducted daylight raids on houses and shops having CCTV cameras, demanding owners to delete and destroy all the devices. At least six individuals (3 males and 3 females) were detained at the police lockup in Hakha while more than two house-owners – where CCTV cameras were found facing the streets – were summoned to the Hakha Police Station to sign a document saying that they didn’t know about the devices but were not detained.

In Thantlang, armed soldiers conducted night raids on two houses (of Headmistress Ni Len Tial and Headmaster Joshua – both of them are CDMers) and demanded family registry lists in an attempt to make more arrests. However, no arrests were made.

In Kalay Township, two villagers – Pu Ram Hlur, 68, and U Aung San Oo, 45 – were killed when armed soldiers opened fire in Chaungkhuah village, and Salai Maximin No Cin Thang, 28, in Webula town, Falam Township. At the Kalay Industrial Zone, armed soldiers shot an 18-year-old youth named Van Biak Thang to death at about 9pm. In Tanphu village, soldiers force-entered the house of the village administrator and demanded that all guns be submitted to them, triggering the majority of villagers to flee their homes as soldiers said that they would come back to collect the guns.

In Matupi, Thang Ling, of the town municipal department, informed all shop-owners to run their businesses as usual starting from tomorrow. It was the directives of the head of the General Administration Department (GAD).

In Mizoram State, India, Pu H. Lalramhluna aka Valpuia, president of Mizo Zirlai Pawl, and his friend Zirsangliana died in a road accident between Champhai and Aizawl at about 2am. Another friend identified as Lalthanfela is taken to a hospital. Mizo Zirlai Pawl is a Mizo civil society organization that has been vocal for protecting refugees for Chin State, Myanmar.

In Khaikam town, Tedim Township, a road checkpoint on the border between Kalaymyo and Tedim Township was burnt down at night.

In Tedim, a group of Tedim security members went around the town at night to ensure security for the public. The Tedim Civil Society Support group publicly put out a list of 37 non-CDMers in the Township Health Department. Youth groups organized a dawn protest and also staged a music protest, playing guitars and singing songs.

31 March 2021 – In Falam, residents found out that some tombstones were destroyed. It was believed to be a direct consequence of the ‘ghost protest’ recently organized in the cemetery. The official letter signed by Ca Awi, head of the Falam Township General Administration Department, was issued, dismissing 14 GAD staff CMDers (6 females and 8 males) from their current posts.

Chin youths denounced the following individuals as ‘traitorous enemies of the Chin public’ in their statement issued on 21 March 2021:

  1. Dr. Ngun Cung Lian (Advisor to Union Administration Council)
  2. U Maung Ha (Member of Union Administration Council)
  3. U Ngun San Aung (Chairperson of Chin State Administration Council)
  4. U Kyaw Nyein (Member of Chin State Administration Council)

Three policemen in civilian dress making a reconnaisance of the area where civilians put blockades for self-protection against military attacks in Tahan, Kalaymyo were caught and detained.

In Matupi, staff of the education department were forced to sign a document declaring that they were not CDMers when they withdrew their salaries.

In Hakha, a ‘scarecrow’ protest was organized in a jungle. Messages stuck on the scarecrows included:

  • It’s time for the military authorities to end decades-long dictatorship
  • The Chin are an ethnic people that hold a license to own guns.
  • There is no place for Army who don’t protect the people.

In Tahan, Kalaymyo, a sit-in protest took place at about 9am.

30 March 2021 – In Mindat, a poetry protest was organized at Vom Thu Maung Park.

In Thantlang at night, armed soldiers and police force-entered the house of Dr. Dawt Hlei Zing and Rev. Dr. Tawk Lian Bawi in an effort to arrest Dr. Zing, who joined the CDM. No arrest was made as she was not at home.

In Hakha, residents in Hakha threw out rubbish onto the streets as part of the ‘rubbish’ protest without anyone going out. Armed soldiers and police reportedly surrounded the house of Lalawmpuia, the chief executive officer of the Hakha Times, at about 4pm. They left without making any arrest as the house was locked and none of the family was there.

In Yangon, Dr. Lal Cung Luai, who was arrested on 27 March, was released in the afternoon from Shwepyithar No. 1 military prison.

29 March 2021 – In Hakha at about 5am, a dawn protest was held in front of Carson Hall and six peaceful protesters (4 males and 2 females) were arrested on their way back home on the road near No. 1 Basic Education High School. Some arrestees were not protesters but customers eating at a nearby restaurant. Armed soldiers and police opened fire at least five times, used batons when arresting people and force-entered any nearby houses to make random arrests.

  1. Biak Tha Thawng, male
  2. Sui Cin Par, female
  3. Ruth Dawt Len Zing, female
  4. Ngun Sui Chin Par, female
  5. Cung Bik Thawng, male
  6. (to be updated)

In Thantlang, placards were posted on rocks along a river. Messages included:

  • To take revenge
  • We support CRPH
  • Those who give trouble to the people are our enemies.
  • Give back people’s power to the people.
  • We will never give up until we reach our destination.

In Matupi, an anti-coup ‘guerrilla’ protest was organized by different groups of people at different locations.

In Mindat, protesters staged a morning sit-in demonstration in front of the Myoma shopping mall.

In Lawngtlai, Mizoram State, India, hundreds of people staged a peaceful sit-in protest holding a banner that reads ‘We stand with the people of Myanmar’.

28 March 2021 – In Thantlang, two arrestees (Pastor Ngun Thawng Lian & Pu Tial Cung who were arrested at their homes yesterday) were released.

In Kalaymyo at about 3pm, civilians opened fire in self-defense on armed soldiers and riot police, who used teargas and bullets. Four soldiers were reported killed and about 20 soldiers injured. Three civilians were shot dead, namely:

  1. Akhu, female (Director at Kalay-based Women for Justice)
  2. Zosangliana aka Sangtea, 19, male
  3. Maung Thar Chit, male
  4. Thang Hawm Lian, 25, male

In Matupi, the military base of Tatmadaw’s Light Infantry Battalion 304 was engulfed by a bush fire.

In Hakha, armed soldiers and police surrounded at least two houses and conducted daylight raids in search of Ruth Suhpan and Van Tin Lian. Security measures were heightened at checkpoints and junctions where people were forced to show mobile phones, IDs and open motorbikes.

In Naypyitaw, 15 staff working for MRTV/NRC (National Races Channel) and Radio in Laizo and K’Cho languages were sacked from their current posts as they joined the CDM.

27 March 2021 – An explosion was heard at about 4am near Innwa Bank in Hakha this morning. Armed soldiers and police tightened security measures and looked for youth leaders in the surrounding areas. Most youth leaders were in hiding. Soldiers used barricades to block main junctions (especially, entrance to the town near Mount Rung, town center and in front of Myanmar Economic Bank) across the town.

In Mindat, hundreds of people joined a “dawn protest” around 5am. In Kalaymyo, a public protest started around 8am.

In Yangon, Dr. Lal Cung Luai was arrested during a peaceful protest.

In Hakha, armed soldiers and police on duty at the bus terminal arrested the driver and his assistant when they found one of the parcels sent through their bus contained some protest equipment such as anti-teargas masks and goggles addressed to Ms Sui Li Par. Ms Par was contacted by the police to pick up the parcel. However, Ms. Par managed to get information before she went to the bus terminal and to run away without getting arrested.

  1. U Kyaw Zin Hein (driver)
  2. U Saing Kyaw Kyaw Htun (assistant driver)

In Thantlang at about 8pm, armed soldiers and police broke in the office of Thantlang Youth Association, took some documents and a laptop, and ransacked the room. They also arrested two (a father and a son) who were in an upstairs flat and thought to be the owner of the house. In the same night, they were reportedly looking for a youth leader in his house but he was not there. However, one of his elder brothers – a Christian pastor – who was sleeping there at his brother’s house was arrested and an elderly man next door was also arrested without any obvious reasons given.

  1. Pastor Ngun Thawng Lian
  2. Pu Tial Cung (neighbour of the house where Pastor Lian was sleeping)
  3. Pu Tial Ceu (falsely accused to be the owner of the house where TYA rented a downstairs flat)
  4. Van Hun Sang (son of Pu Tial Ceu)

In Tedim, a ‘protest without protester’ using anti-coup placards and other materials was organized. Messages on placards included:

  • Spring protest must prevail
  • Anti-military coup

26 March 2021 – Armed soldiers and police raided a house near IBC church around midnight and arrested Ram Hei and his wife for no obvious reasons given).

  1. Ram Hei, male (former headmaster of High School at Sakta village, Hakha Township)
  2. Tang Kuai, female (wife of Ram Hei)

Bawi Iang (female), a Christian pastor of Hakha Baptist Church, was arrested at night after her house was raided using forces. Armed soldiers took three bags of rice and some breads.

In Falam, a peaceful protest was organized at Vaar on the Manipur River. One of the writings near the river included ‘We fight for federal democracy’.

In Thantlang, prayer services were held at different churches (mainly at Thantlang Baptist Church and the Assembly of God). In Hakha, multi-denominational prayer services were organized at different churches.

Villagers in Vomkua, Thantlang Township staged a peaceful protest.

In Kalaymyo, ‘bottle protests’ were organized where people washed their legs with Myanmar Beer.

In Kanpetlet, riot police and armed soldiers dispersed the protesting crowd and arrested four individuals. They later freed the detainees as the public demanded their immediate release.

In Hakha, residents stopped the casserole protest as armed soldiers and police arrested people at night for banging pots and pans.

25 March 2021 – Van Lian Thawng aka Thawngpi was arrested at his house when he was out to take a pee. It was said that riot police and armed soldiers came to his house as they heard a banging of pots and pans.

In Hakha at about 4pm, riot police and armed soldiers raided a restaurant (Shwe Myo Daw) and arrested five individuals (customers). Only the following names were confirmed as of now:

  1. Van Tha Peng, male
  2. Cung Khua Hnin, 26, male
  3. Salai Isaac Khung Ling Naung,, male
  4. Nun Herh Bik aka Min Chit Thu, male
  5. (to be updated)

In Hakha, a sit-in protest was organized in Hakhathar, one ward of the town where protesters covered themselves with umbrellas. A peaceful public protest was held but later dispersed by armed soldiers and riot police using rubber bullets. One male was hit in his left leg by a rubber bullet.

In Matupi, a warrant for the arrest of two persons (Ngo Daw, 29, female, public healh supervisor 1 at Matupi General Hospital); Khaing Sa, 36, male, a high school branch teacher at Madu) was issued. They were charged with Section 505A of Penal Code.

In Falam, a ‘ghost protest’ was organized where people wore ‘Halloween-type’ dresses and staged a protest at cemeteries. An A4 sheet of paper was posted, announcing the formation of Civil Armed Forces in an effort to protect civilians.

In Kanpetlet, police and armed soldiers put barricades at the entrance and exit of the town, stopping people in and out, and seizing traditional knives.

In Thantlang, a peaceful protest using poems and verses was organized in town.

In Mindat, silent and ‘protest without protesters’ protests were organized. Messages on placards included:

  • End dictatorship in Myanmar
  • Don’t go to office
  • Joining CDM are our heroes
  • We don’t accept the military coup
  • Reject the military coup
  • Respect our votes
  • We support CRPH

Seven out of 12 who were arrested yesterday were released.

  1. No Val, male (released)
  2. Van Za Uk, male (released)
  3. Thawng Bik Cem, male (released)
  4. Sang Bik Lian, male (released)
  5. Daniel Biak Tha Ceu, male (released)
  6. Thawng Tha Thang, male (released)
  7. Naing Min Oo, male (released)
  8. Ngun Uk Thang, male (still detained)
  9. Mai Ni Iang Len aka Nana, female (still detained)
  10. (to be updated)
  11. (to be updated)
  12. (to be updated)

24 March 2021 – In Hakha at about 8:30pm, some youths who were on the street were stopped near Innwa Bank by armed soldiers and riot police. Tension between two siders developed and more people, especially, youths came together to the scene. Soldiers used teargas and rubber bullets to disperse the crowd. Soldiers also opened fire three times on the crowd but no one was hurt. One male youth was hit in his right arm by a rubber bullet. Riot police and armed soldiers roamed around the town, conducting night raids from house to house, arresting 12 persons (males and females). Some were accused of taking photos and videos of the incident while others were arrested because of coming out at night near the incident. Soldiers broke in houses, destroying door locks and using forces at night after 10pm. The following individuals were arrested during the night raids:

  1. No Val, male
  2. Van Za Uk, male
  3. Thawng Bik Cem, male
  4. Sang Bik Lian, male
  5. Daniel Biak Tha Ceu, male
  6. Thawng Tha Thang, male
  7. Naing Min Oo, male
  8. Ngun Uk Thang, male (his house was raided and he was arrested as he was accused of taking photos and videos of the incident at night near his house).
  9. Mai Ni Iang Len aka Nana, female (she was arrested near Innwa Bank while walking on the road)
  10. (to be updated)
  11. (to be updated)
  12. (to be updated)

In Mindat, a peaceful sit-in protest was held. A warrant was issued for the arrests of six individuals including two MP-elects:

  1. U Nay Lin Aung, Pyithu Hluttaw
  2. U Hung Naing, Pyine Hluttaw
  3. U Law Thang, of Forestry Department
  4. Dr. May Thu Aung, a medical doctor of Mindat General Hospital
  5. Salai Manar Om, civil society leader
  6. U Htein Khin, civil society leader

In Mindat, SAC (State Administration Council) planned to inject COVID-19 vaccines.

In Hakha, Falam, Kanpetlet and Thantlang, ‘silent strike’ protests where everyone stayed at home were organized.

In Falam, a local obituary notice board where details of Min Aung Hlaing were written as if he were dead was put out in public.

In Matupi at about midnight, one ward administrator and a tactical commander together with about 20 armed soldiers conducted raids on houses of those in the wanted list. No one was arrested.

In Chin State, there are an estimated 20,000 civil servants. Out of it, over 14,000 joined the CDM (about 72%).

In Kalaymyo, indoors anti-coup protest were organized.

23 March 2021 – Cung Bawi Thawng, 19, male, a university student in Kalay, was arrested at his work place in Kalaymyo.

In Aizawl, Mizoram State of India, ZORO (Zo Re-unification Organization) staged an anti-coup protest, denouncing the decision of the Indian Central Government (Home Ministry) not to allow refugees from Myanmar.

In Thantlang, hundreds of people staged an anti-coup protest marching along the main road. In Mindat, a peaceful sit-in protest was held. Villagers in Zokhua, Hakha Township staged a peaceful rally.

In Hakha, a warrant was issued for the arrests of Dawt Sui aka Milley Sui (24, female, a high school teacher at Sakta village, Hakha Township), and Dr. Sharon Par (36, female, Assistant Director, Chin State Health Department). They were charged with Section 505A of Penal Code.

People in Hakha organized a night protest using the phone lights.

In Kalaymyo, Sagaing Region, multi-denominational prayer services were organized at churches from 22 to 23 March.

22 March 2021 – In Hakha, a night prayer service was held at Carson Hall where people lit up candles. Some youths (estimated to be five – two females and three males) who were on their way home from the prayer service were stopped, arrested and beaten near Myanmar Economic Bank by armed soldiers and riot police at about 8:30pm. They were freed after a while as people gathered at the scene and demanded their immediate release. A peaceful anti-coup protest was organized in Hakha.

Christian pastors in villages of Hakha Township held prayer services.

In Mindat, a ‘protest without protesters’ was organized in front of Myoma Market using placards, which included:

  • People’s Tatmadaw, stand with the people.
  • Down with the military junta
  • We don’t accept the military coup
  • We don’t hate the soldiers but we hate military dictatorship.

In Thantlang, hundreds of people continued their peaceful anti-coup protest marching along the main road.

In Kalaymyo, people organized ‘protest with protesters’.

Pi Ngun Fam, 85, mother of Colonel Solomon Thang Ding of the Chin National Army/Front, passed away in Hakha yesterday. However, Col. Solomon could not attend the funeral service reportedly because of security issues.

21 March 2021 – In Hakha, hundreds of people joined a sit-in peaceful protest at Carson Hall with candle-lights at night.

In Mindat, a ‘stay-at-home’ protest was organized for the second time.

In Tedim, a huge writing was made on the wall of the independence monument, reading ‘Federal democracy must prevail’.

In Yangon, armed soldiers and police shot 34-year-old Lianzualli was shot dead.

20 March 2021 – In Thantlang and Hakha as well as at Camp Victoria, the 33rd Chin Revolution Day was commemorated.

In Kalaymyo, night anti-coup protests were organized across Kalay Township, Sagaing Region.

In Hakha, a public peaceful protest was held where hundreds of people marched along the main road, commemorating the 33rd Chin Revolution Day.

In Mindat, people staged a ‘music protest’ where protesters played guitars and other musical instruments as they sang songs.

In Hnaring, Thantlang Township, a male village-tract administrator joined the CDM.

19 March 2021 – In Hakha, multi-denominational prayer services were held at different churches from 10am to noon. A ‘stay-at-home’ protest started from 12noon to 5pm.

In Hakha at about 1pm, riot police and armed soldiers with some non-uniformed informants conducted a daylight raid on the house of Salai Van Biak Thang and Dr. Sharon Par in Pyidawtha Ward, and took some documents and devices (One Ipad, one laptop and one desktop). Once alerted, people gathered in Pyidawtha and blocked roads to prevent police and soldiers from arresting and attacking them. Soldiers entered the Hakha Town coffee shop and arrested three waitresses who were working at the shop, and arrested two male individuals (from Chuncung village, Hakha Township) who were walking on the platform. Tension developed as riot police and armed soldiers confronted the public protesters who demanded the immediate releases of those detained. After the negotiation between Tatmadaw and the protesters (with the support of some Christian pastors), five detainees were freed at about 7pm.

In Hakha, four peaceful protesters (two males and two females who were arrested on 1 March) appeared in court. The next appointment is on 31 March.

In Tedim, individuals who gave pressure on CMDers and were responsible for other violent acts were named and shared with their photos spread on the main road. These included:

  • Than Lin Oo, deputy head of the Tedim police station
  • U Hla Soe, Township GAD, who gave pressure on CMDers
  • U Lan Khan Do, headmaster of High School in Suangpi village, who gave pressure on CDMers
  • U Thawng Hel Mang, headmaster of Middle School in Nginno village, who gave pressure on CDMers
  • Dr. Zaw Myint Naing, head of the Tedim General Hospital, and family – who gave pressure on CDMers
  • U Lam Khanh Sum, headmaster of Post-Primary School, Sezang village, who gave pressure on CDMers

18 March 2021 – In Hakha and Mindat, hundreds of people continued anti-coup peaceful rallies. In Thantlang, a sit-in protest on the main road near town center was organized.

In Kalaymyo, Sagaing Region, five workers at a butcher’s shop were arrested for no obvious reasons.

In Matupi, parents of L Thang Shing Aung, who was arrested yesterday, and communities requested for his release but the local authorities said that he would be taken to court.

In Falam, peaceful protesters held a sit-in rally at night and so did in Mindat.

In Hakha, three individuals from the Chin State Health Department and the Townshop Post Office, were ‘named and shamed’ for giving pressure on CDMers:

  • U Aung Ngwe San
  • Daw Om Awi
  • U Nang Shian Mang
  • U Peng Zun

17 March 2021 – At about 2pm, all members of Chin State Election Commission (estimated to be 25) arrested across Chin State on 10 February 2021 were released. Uk Nawl, the chairperson of Chin State Election Commission, said that all members in the country were freed and that seven of us who were detained on Mount Rung were also released.

In Tedim at about 11:30am, Kanpetlet and in Hakha at about 2:30pm, hundreds of peace staged peaceful rallies in protest against the military coup. Slogans chanted included:

  • Weapons that you have: Are they for killing civilians?
  • Military knowledge that Bogyoke taught: It’s not for killing civilians.

In Falam, a night casserole protest – banging pots and pans – was organized.

Movements of troops in trucks were seen in Hakha. It is believed that some of the troops were transferred to Kalaymyo, Sagaing Region where the situations was getting worse. Sources from Thantlang said that troops temporarily stationed at Sopum village, Thantlang Township – to prevent police CDMers from fleeing to India – were transferred to Hakha.

In Matupi, three youths (male) were arrested and reportedly beaten at about 10pm while they were on their way home. Later, two were released and L Thang Shing Aung, 25, was detained. The reason given was that he had in his phone some photos of his participation in protests.

Four staff from Naypyitaw reportedly arrived in Thantlang to work at the Myanmar Economic Bank.

In Hakha at about 10am, police and armed soldiers picked up and cleaned photos of some SAC members and military authorities distributed on the main road in Hakha.

In Kalaymyo, Sagaing Region, riot police and armed soldiers opened fire on protesting crowds. Later, they shot anyone on the streets, killing at least three Chin males.

  1. Salai Cung Lian Ceu, 25, who was shot in the head.
  2. Cin Khanh Mang, 29, who was hit in the head while on his motorbike; survived by his wife and three young children as well as his mother.
  3. Do Suan Kim, 20, originally from Theizang village, Tedim Township; shot in front of the Assembly of God church in Tahan.

In Kalaymyo, grave concerns were raised over the whereabouts of four peaceful protesters who participated in the rally:

  1. Lia Mang San Nuam, female
  2. Tg Lian Sian Muan, male
  3. Tg Cin Zuun Kim, male
  4. Tg Pau Min Lun

In Kalaymyo, Mang San Nuam, a female B.E (Civil) graduate from the Kalay Technological University was arrested at a peaceful protest. Information about where she is detained still remains unknown.

Cardboards were posted on pine trees in a forest near Hakha town. The cardboard messages included:

  • How many dead bodies are needed for the UN to take action?
  • Rest In Peace: All fallen heroes.
  • They who have nothing but weapons versus we who have nothing but each other.
  • We don’t want the military rule.
  • CDM
  • We need R2P.

The 8pm casserole protest banging pots and pans continued across Chin State. Internet shutdown between 1am and 9am continued.

16 March 2021 – Two CCPR staff members, who were arrested on 9 March 2021, appeared in court in Hakha for the first time after being transferred from Mount Rung Prison to the Hakha Police Station. They were charged with Section 505A of Myanmar Penal Code. The next court appointment is on 23 March 2021.

In Mindat, a peaceful demonstration was organized in the town. Hundreds of people staged a peaceful public protest in the town.

In Hakha, a sit-in protest was held on the main road from 7pm at night, singing Christian hymns and chanting slogans such sh ‘We reject the military rule’, ‘We are all in this together’, ‘We will fight until we win’. The casserole protest – banging pots and pans – continued as all sit-in protesters brought their own pots and pans. Earlier in the day, anti-junta posters and placards were stuck on pine trees in the nearby jungle of the town. The sit-in protest peacefully ended with a closing prayer by a Christian pastor at about 8:30pm.

In Hakha, an estimated 10 staff members of the bank from Naypyitaw arrived in Hakha to run the Myanmar Economic Bank. All banks were still closed and so were ATM machines.

In Falam, local youths on motorbikes surrounded the town, lighting their pine-wood torch light in an effort to ensure security and safety for the public.

Anti-junta cardboards were posted on pine trees in a forest near Hakha town.

The driver, who was arrested together with CCPR staff and five CDM policemen on 9 March 2021, was released in Thantlang.

WiFi internet connection is on but still very limited across Chin State.

In Aizawl, Mizoram State, a memorial service for the fallen ‘Heroes of Myanmar’ during the Spring Revolution was organized at Vanapa Hall, where hundreds of people put up posters and photos of those who died or killed as they held their candles.

The 8pm casserole protest banging pots and pans continued across Chin State. Internet shutdown between 1am and 9am continued.

15 March 2021 – In Hakha, armed soldiers patrolled the town, mainly along the main road, and destroyed anti-junta stickers and posters around 10:30am. Hundreds of protesters continued a peaceful rally, marching along the main road starting from 2pm.

Since this morning, Internet access via mobile data services (not WiFi) is restricted.

In Mindat town, Thantlang town, Ngalang village, Thantlang Township and Hungthar village, Mindat Township staged peaceful anti-junta rallies.

In Falam, arrest warrants were issued for two youth leaders, Salai Biak Lian Sang (Pa Biak) and Salai David New, with their photos being posted in public. The caption says that they were charged with Section 505A of Myanmar penal code.

In Hakha, the locally formed township-level administrative body issued a statement condemning the brutalities of the military junta against peaceful protesters and supporting the CDM, and warning that necessary action would be taken against informants, who were mixing with protesters.

In Hakha, two CCPR staff members (Salai Peter Thian Bawm Sang and Salai Van Ceu Thawng) and one driver [see updates on 9 March 2021 below] were transferred from Mount Rung Prison to the Hakha police station. It is expected that they would appear in court in Hakha tomorrow.

Dr. Sasa was charged with high treason (Section 122B of the Penal Code at Dakhina District Court. His arrest warrant was issued.

The 8pm casserole protest banging pots and pans continued across Chin State. Internet shutdown between 1am and 9am continued.

14 March 2021 – In Matupi, warrants were issued for the arrests of six individuals:

  1. U Pa Thang (MP elected in the 2020 election)
  2. U Aung Thang (Chairperson of the Matupi Township NLD party)
  3. Sayarma Daw Hla May
  4. U Yan Paing Phyo
  5. Daw Cho Cho Zin Mar Nyunt
  6. U Myat Min

In Matupi and Tedim, multi-denominational prayer services for peace in Myanmar were held while Mindat saw a movement of ‘protest without protesters’ where everyone stayed at home the whole day. In Mindat, a bush fire started near Pyi village near Mindat town, surrounding the military base of Light Infantry Battalion No. 274. No injuries or casualties were reported.

In Matupi, four individuals (Pastor Van Biak Thawng, Sai Nawlar, David and Salai Amon), who were arrested on 10 March, were released around 11am.

In Hakha, a sit-in protest was staged in front of Carson Hall, where a mini-concert mixed with a prayer and a short speech by a religious leader was organized between 2pm and 4pm.

In Hakha, five CDM policemen who were arrested in Thantlang Town (see updates on 9 March 2021 below) were reportedly transferred from Mount Rung Prison to the police station.

In Thantlang, hundreds of people staged a peaceful rally marching along the main road. At night, youth groups rode motorbikes together and went around the town to ensure security and safety for the public.

In Khuahrang village, Thantlang Township, about 1,000 villagers staged a peaceful march.

In Yangon, Chin university student Paul Lian Uk Bawi who was arrested together with other five protesters while hiding inside the compound of Ywama Baptist Church in Insein (see updates on 12 March 2021 below) were reportedly released.

In Tonzang, medical staff (CDMers) vacated their staff quarters.

In Paletwa, the Paletwa Township administration body was formed by communities, the last township to join the rest of the State – now making it nine bodies. It comprises:

  1. Three Pyidaungsu Hluttaw MPs
  2. Two Pyine Hluttaw MPs
  3. Five town-elders/leaders
  4. Three youth leaders
  5. Four representatives of civil society organizations
  6. Four others

The 8pm casserole protest banging pots and pans continued across Chin State. Internet shutdown between 1am and 9am continued.

13 March 2021 – Riot police and armed soldiers occupied the General Hospitals in Thantlang and Kanpetlet towns, and ordered medical staff (CMDers) to evacuate their staff quarters.

The military authorities gave pressure on the senior staff of the Hakha General Hospital to return patients, who were evicted yesterday, to the hospital. Sources said that some military medical staff arrived and stayed at the Hakha General Hospital. Another source confirmed that soldiers occupied the staff quarters of the Hakha General Hospital and that some flats were used for storing weapons. Patients who were advised to remain at a church-based clinic managed by CDM medical staff were suggested to go home in fear of possible raids by the military soldiers following the pressure given to the senior staff of the General Hospital.

In Tonzang, new arrivals of trucks with armed soldiers were seen in the town. In Tungtuang village, a multi-denominational prayer for peace in Myanmar was organized. Later in the afternoon, the military entered the hospital’s compound and gave an order to medical staff (CMDers) to leave their staff quarters if they don’t change their decisions to join the CDM.

In Hakha, Corporal Aung Lin Tun, 26, of the Chin National Front, and originally from Sami, Paletwa Township, died from stomach problems at about 5am this morning after being evicted from the Hakha General Hospital yesterday. He was one of the 30 patients evicted by the military without any warning given in advance. The funeral service was held in Hakha today.

In Hakha, bush fires starting yesterday in the compound of the military base of Light Infantry Battalion No. 266 on Mount Rung continued. Information on how the fire started could not be confirmed.

In Hakha, an arrest warrant was issued for the following individuals, who were charged with Section 505 of Myanmar penal code, and their photos were publicly posted on walls and lamp posts in the town at night:

  1. Salai Ngun San Aung
  2. Salai Elishma
  3. Dr. Biak Cung Lian
  4. Salai Van Tin Lian
  5. Pu Ni Ceu (of the Hakha Fire Department)

In Mindat, Kanpetlet and Hakha, peaceful protests continued. In Hakha, the protesters chanted slogans demanding the immediate evacuation of the hospitals.

About 400 people in Zephai village, Thantlang Township staged a peaceful protest against the military coup, and at night, they organized a candlelight prayer with villagers standing up and forming three letters – CDM. In Surkhua, villagers from both Dinlaupa and Surkhua villages in Hakha Township came together and staged a peaceful rally against the military coup.

The 8pm casserole protest banging pots and pans continued across Chin State. Internet shutdown between 1am and 9am continued.

12 March 2021 – In Hakha at about 11:15am, riot police and armed soldiers entered the Hakha General Hospital compound and gave an order to CMDers (medical staff) to evacuate their staff quarters by 3pm. Similar incidents happened in Tedim, Matupi, Falam and Mindat, evicting all CDMers (315 staff and 115 households) from their current staff accommodation. Communities help move stuff and find places for them to stay. In Hakha, all current patients (30 patients) were also forced to leave the hospital. Some patients were taken to a clinic run by CMDers.

In Hakha, communities pad-locked the gate of the Hakha General Hospital after riot police and armed soldiers left the compounds following tensions developed as people gathered in front of the hospital. Some medical doctors and staff returned to their native places while others still remain here at locally-arranged places. At around 2pm, bush fires started in the compound of the military base of Light Infantry Battalion No. 266 on Mount Rung. Information on how the fire started could not be confirmed.

In Tonzang, Tedim, Matupi and Mindat, hundreds of people staged peaceful rallies against the military coup in the town marching along the main road. In Hakha, all shops were closed as multi-denominational prayer services were organized at churches across the town. People from Ro village, Mindat Township staged a peaceful protest. In Falam, protesters clanked empty condensed milk tins in protest against the military coup.

In Yangon, Paul Lian Uk Bawi, a Chin university student, was arrested at about 1pm together with other five protesters who were hiding inside the compound of Ywama Baptist Church in Insein. Originally from Matupi town, Paul is a third-year law student at North Dagon University, Yangon. They were running into the compound when riot police and armed soldiers dispersed the protests earlier today.

Ms Hau Dim Kim, a Chin university student who was arrested during a protest in Yangon on 3 March, is still detained in Yangon. She is a Master’s student in anthropology.

The 8pm casserole protest – banging pots and pans – continued across Chin State.

11 March 2021 – Youth and protest leaders went into hiding as there was reportedly an arrest warrant issued by the authorities (arrest warrant yet to be confirmed). However, one of the youth leaders was visited several times by the authorities to see if the leader was at home. Because of the news of threats of arrests, there will be no public protest in Matupi.

In Hakha at about 3pm, hundreds of protesters started marching from Carson Hall towards the main road via the Vom Thu Maung Football ground where riot police and armed soldiers blocked the way. Both sides are now negotiating. After negotiating with the riot police and armed soldiers, the protesters went back to Carson Hall to stage a sit-in protest where they sang songs together and banged pots and pans. Slogans chanted included such as:

  • We don’t want the military rule.
  • We will fight until we win.
  • Give back people’s power to the people.
  • This cause will succeed.
  • Are we in this together? (Yes, we are).
  • The military knowledge that Bogyoke gave is not for killing people but for protecting people.
Protesters being blocked by riot police and armed soldiers in Hakha

At about 11am, the military intelligence visited the Hakha KMSS office and conducted an investigation into their works from 10am until 5pm.

In Thantlang, an anti-junta peaceful rally were organized while a sit-in protest took place in front of the General Hospital in Mindat town.

In Thantlang, fire started from bushes in the western part of Thantlang Town, surrounding the CNF liaison office but it was put out on time by local residents. And another blaze began from below a circular road in the afternoon while a public protest was happening. But it was also extinguished by local residents. No one could confirm who started the fire.

In Thantlang, Salai Cung Bawi Lian, who was arrested yesterday, was released around 6pm following negotiations and communications between community and religious leaders and the military authorities in the town.

In Sopum village, Thantlang Township (close to the CNF-controlled area), about 20 armed soldiers still remained reportedly in an effort to prevent police CMDers from trying to go to India.

In Falam, communities demanded the immediate release of the three youth leaders (who were arrested on 28 Feb; see updates on 28 February 2021 below) but the authorities still detain them.

Mizoram State, India said that they would welcome and provide shelter for those fleeing the situations in Myanmar and protect them.

The 8pm casserole protest banging pots and pans continued across Chin State. Internet shutdown between 1am and 9am continued.

10 March 2021 – Hundreds of protesters started a peaceful rally marching along the main road in Hakha but were blocked by riot police and armed soldiers with a fire engine and a prison van near the Chin State Government building. As tension developed between both sides, three leading members of protesters and the military authorities negotiated for three times, and eventually, the protest peacefully ended. During the negotiations between both sides, armed soldiers beat and arrested an unknown individual, who was later taken to the Hakha police station. Immediately, community and religious leaders communicated with the police authorities regarding the arrest. At night, the person was released without being charged. When asked about the reason why he was arrested, the police said that he had been stopped and told not to pass the barricades but he didn’t follow the instructions.

At about 6pm in Thantlang Town, Salai Cung Bawi Lian was arrested by riot police and armed soldiers and taken to the military base. The reason given was that they had some questions to ask him. Soon after the arrest, over 500 people gathered near the military camp until 11pm. The authorities asked the public to go home and said that they would release him the following day.

In Falam, protesters staged a peaceful anti-military rally holding up umbrellas while Mindat had a different approach by organizing a musical rally where protesters brought and played guitars and other musical instruments. In Matupi, the casserole protest was organized by hundreds of people in traditional dresses banging pots and pans. Normal anti-junta peaceful rallies continued in other parts of Chin State, apart from conflict-affected Paletwa town.

In Matupi, at least four individuals (Pastor Van Biak Thawng aka U Pawluh; Sai Naw Lar, an engineer working at the Rural Development Department; David aka U Lian Cin Thang and Aa Bawi aka Salai Amon, son of U Pai Hung Ta) including a male Christian pastor were arrested at night by police and armed soldiers. It is believed that there can be more arrests.

The Chin National Front and the military junta based in Hakha met twice – one in a CNF-controlled area in Thantlang Township and another at the military base of Burma Army Light Infantry Battalion No. 266 in Hakha.

In the afternoon around 5pm, the military intelligence met a senior staff of KMSS in Hakha.

The 8pm casserole protest banging pots and pans continued across Chin State. Internet shutdown between 1am and 9am continued.

9 March 2021 – Police and armed soldiers in two trucks as well as some in civil uniform surrounded the office of the Chin Center for Peace and Reconciliation (CCPR) early this morning. They carried out a morning raid around 9am, arresting one staff member identified as Van Ceu Thawng, who was responsible for COVID-19 prevention activities, and ransacked the office. The soldiers reportedly took some documents.

At about 11am in Hakha, the police and armed soldiers carried out a similar raid on the house of Dr. Cungpi (Dr. Biak Cung Lian) in Pyidawtha Ward and arrested a local medical doctor, Dr. Ngun Cung Lian, who was helping at a CDM clinic next door. Later, the authorities said that they had arrested the wrong person as Dr. Lian was in the kitchen of Dr. Cungpi’s house. People in the area started banging pots and pans but the soldiers went around and stopped them.

Hundreds of Hakha residents came out minutes after the arrest, and followed the trucks up to the entrance to the Light Infantry Battalion No. 266 stationed on Mount Rung over the town. The public said that they would wait until the doctor was released and that they would otherwise do something violent (if he was not freed). A group of doctors and religious and community leaders intervened by phone communication with the top military leaders in Hakha. And at about 6pm, the doctor was released.

The five policemen, who joined the CDM, and two individuals (one driver and one staff member of CCPR, Salai Peter Thian Bawm Sang), who were arrested at a checkpoint near Thantlang Town yesterday were transferred to the military base on Mount Rung, Hakha today.

The Committee Representing Chin State Hluttaw (CRCSH) issued a statement today saying that 8 out of 9 townships had already formed a local township-level administrative body.

In Hakha, residents started the casserole protest at 10am, 2pm and 8pm – banging pots and pans – against the military coup.

All (eight) of the Ward Administrators in Hakha joined the CDM today.

Peaceful protests against the military coup continued across Chin State, with an increasing number of civil servants joining the CDM. At least 13 Chin youths were among protesters stranded in Sanchaung as riot police and armed soldiers blocked all roads in Yangon.

In Kalaymyo, Sagaing Region, two Chin youths – Van Lian Ceu, 26, male; and Sung Chin Tial, 25, female – were arrested.

Internet shut down from 1am but back on at 6am.

8 March 2021 – Five policemen (CDMers) together with two individuals were arrested at a checkpoint near Thantlang Town last night. The policemen were reportedly on their way in search of a safer place after joining the CDM.

In Kanpetlet, Falam, Mindat, Thantlang and Hakha, protesters led by women in traditional dresses staged peaceful rallies while commemorating the International Women’s Day.

In Mindat, about 10 soldiers entered the Mindat General Hospital for the military encampment. Later, the soldiers left the hospital as communities collectively intervened but with no violence occurring.

In Hriphi village, Thantlang Township, villagers continued their peaceful protest today. In Laitui village, Tedim Township, villagers started staging a peaceful protest.

The chief minister of Mizoram State, India said that they would give temporary shelter to refugees fleeing the situations in Myanmar although the central government indicated that any refugees be sent back.

Internet shut down from 1am but back on at 6am. The 8pm casserole protest banging pots and pans continued across Chin State.

7 March 2021 – Peaceful public protests continued across Chin State.

The military troops occupied the Hakha University campus in Hakha and hospital compounds in Falam and Tedim towns. In Hakha, students and activists locked the entrance gate to the university at night in protest against the military encampment.

In Congthia and Hriphi villages, Thantlang Township, peaceful public protests against the military coup were organized with hundreds of people, chanting slogans and holding placards reading “We reject dictatorship”, “We want federal democracy”, “R2P”, “Get off our way”, “Help Myanmar”, “Stop killing my sisters”, “Destroy 2008 constitution”, “We support CDM”, “Defend the people”.

In Hakha, a sit-in protest was organized inside Carson Hall, which was followed by a peaceful march up to town center. At night, a candlelight prayer service was held at Carson Hall.

In Hakha, six Ward Administrators, 81 civil servants from Mindat Township GAD, one policeman who is assigned at Laipawnglung checkpoint near Thantlang Town, and 23 policemen in Lailenpi, Matupi Township joined the CDM.

In Kalaymyo, Sagaing Region, Lalrammawia (male), 34, was arrested.

6 March 2021 – Peaceful protests against the military coup continued across Chin State.

The body of Mang Suan Khai, 27, who was hit in his thigh by a bullet on 3 March 2021 during the peaceful protests in North Okkalapa Township, Yangon was found at the North Okkalapa Hospital on 6 March. When the family arrived at the hospital, Khai had other injuries in his body including the head. The family went to the hospital when they heard that there was a dead body unattended and unclaimed.

In Tlangzar village, Falam Township, a group of Christian women fasted and prayed for peace in Myanmar.

40 policemen and civil servants joined the CDM.

The 8pm casserole protest banging pots and pans continued across Chin State. Internet shutdown between 1am and 9am continued.

5 March 2021 – All shops and businesses in Hakha are closed like Sunday as prayer services for Myanmar are organized at different churches from 10am to 12noon.

There was power cut in the afternoon for nearly three hours – believed to be across the whole country.

In Thantlang, gun shots believed to be more than 10 times were heard at the hilltop over the town at about 9pm. Residents in Thantlang believed that the military had opened fire in an attempt to intimidate people.

The 8pm casserole protest banging pots and pans continued across Chin State. Internet shutdown between 1am and 9am continued.

4 March 2021 – In Hakha, Tedim, Mindat and Thantlang towns, thousands of people continued peaceful protests, marching along the main roads.

A truck full of soldiers (estimated to be about 30) is seen on the Hakha-Gangaw road and is believed to be arriving in Hakha today. An internal source confirmed that they would be deployed to “restore law and order”.

Soldiers reportedly arrived in Paletwa Township and told IDPs to leave their camps and go back to their villages. Some IDPs have already left their camps while others still remain confused and worried.

The Chin National League for Democracy (CNLD) issued a news release yesterday, re-affirming that U Kyaw Nyein, CNLD vice-chairperson-4, was granted his request (dated 16 February 2021) to leave the party. U Kyaw Nyein is said to have accepted an offer by the State Administration Council.

In Matupi, photos of Min Aung Hlaing stuck on sanitary pads were scattered on roads.

One policeman in Tedim and five civil servants from the Fire Department in Hnahring, Thantlang Township joined the CDM today.

CHRO briefed Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights and Head, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in New Yor and Bangkok on the situations in western parts of Myanmar.

The 8pm casserole protest banging pots and pans continued across Chin State. Internet shutdown between 1am and 9am continued.

3 March 2021 – As of today, CHRO learned that 32 out of 70 Chin detainees have been released and that there are currently 38 being detained in Chin State and Rakhine State.

Four protesters (two males and two females) who are still detained after being arrested on 1 March together with other 19 protesters in Hakha were charged with Section 505A of penal code and will appear in court on 12 March.

In Hakha, an A4-size poster reading ‘We will not sell any items to police, soldiers and non-CDMers’ has been distributed and stuck on shops.

In Tedim and Hakha, peaceful public marches continued but was organized in a way to avoid violent confrontation with riot police and armed soldiers. In Hakha, protesters divided themselves up into three groups taking three separate routes.

In Tonzang, hundreds of people staged a peaceful rally against the military coup and a sit-in protest as leaders of the protests negotiated with riot police to avoid confrontation at about 10:30am.

In Mindat, people in traditional dresses continued the daily peaceful rally.

A peaceful demonstration took place in Tamu, an Indian-Myanmar border town in Sagaing Region where the majority of the residents are Chin.

A civil servant of Myanmar Economic Bank in Tedim, one policeman in Mindat, five policemen in Matupi, and two of Falam District GAD office joined the CDM. 73% (39 out of 50) of GTI (Hakha) civil servants joined the CDM, according to the GTI principal.

At about 9pm last night, police and armed soldiers in four trucks raided the Hakha Fire Department. U Kyaw Kyaw, deputy head of the department, was accused of facilitating the night raid. Internal sources said that there were 8 firefighters at the time but they managed to run away.

Internal sources confirmed that new arrivals of soldiers in Chin State wear police uniforms and are deployed in the frontline to disperse, confront and crack down on protesters.

The 8pm casserole protest banging pots and pans continued across Chin State. Internet shutdown between 1am and 9am continued.

2 March 2021 – U Soe Htet, State minister for electricity and municipal affairs, left for Naypyitaw where he lives. No confirmed information about the reason for his return is known but he indicated that he was not allowed to stay here any longer. The chief minister and all State ministers, apart from the minister for border affairs, as well as speaker of the Chin State parliament were told to leave the Ministers’ residence.

CHRO briefed member and observer states of the United Nations Human Rights Council ahead of the human rights council session on Myanmar.

The Hakha Police Forces said that 19 out of 23 detained protesters, who were arrested yesterday, will be released at about 1:15pm today and requested parents to meet them in front of government’s One Stop Service office in Hakha.

At about 3:15pm, 19 out of 23 detainees were released, and four (2 males and 2 females) are still kept in police custody for no obvious reasons given (see their names below) although one source suggested that they had participated in protests more than one time:

  1. Tial Tin Par (female; age: 25; father’s name: Sai Hmung; Dawrhlun Block resident)
  2. Van Ni Sui (female; age: 22; father’s name: Bawi Hei; Hakhathar Block resident)
  3. Bawi Cung (male; age: 43; father’s name: Ral Tun; civil servant at Fire Department)
  4. Sai Thawn (male; age: 53; father’s name: Van Kio; civil servant at Land Record Department)

Following the meeting between the authorities, and community and religious leaders today, the Hakha Police Forces said that all the motorbikes confiscated yesterday could be reclaimed.

In Kalaymyo, Sagaing Region, riot police and armed soldiers opened fire on protesters, injuring five individuals including a Chin university student identified as Joseph Thang, originally from Lulpilung village, Thantlang Township, whose left leg was hit by a bullet. All are being treated at Royal City Hospital, Kalaymyo.

In Falam, all shops were closed in the afternoon in protest against pressing charges against three youth protesters arrested during the peaceful rally and against the military coup.

In Mindat, protesters gathered at Myoma Shopping Centre and put up posters reading ‘We will not sell any items to police and soldiers’. 12 civil servants from Mindat District Education Department, two policemen and one female clerk in Mindat Township joined the CDM. One policeman in Hakha also joined the CDM.

In Hakha, a multi-denominational prayer service for peace in Myanmar is organized at Carson Hall. In Lailenpi town, Matupi Township, a prayer service was also held.

In Kanpetlet, riot police and armed soldiers put barricades to block protesters from proceeding but the peaceful demonstration went without any violence.

In Tonzang, riot police and armed soldiers blocked roads and broke up peaceful protesters but no violence was reported. In Tedim, there was no rally today.

The list of peaceful protestors (15 males and 8 females) arrested in Hakha yesterday is updated today as follows (Note: Comments are welcome to correct spellings of names if there are errors):

  1. Salai Bawi Kip Sum (male; age: 23; father’s name: San Htoo Luai; biblical student; originally from Falam)
  2. Robert Ngun Ling Mang (male; age: 25; father’s name: Siang Uk Lian; biblical student; originally from Falam)
  3. Malsawmtluang (male; age: 19; father’s name: Van Sang Ngun; Pyidawtha Block resident)
  4. David Van Hmuh Thang (male; age: 24; father’s name: Hrang Lal; journalist)
  5. Zing Tha Tawk (female; age: 19; father’s name: Thla Kio Lian; Pyidawtha Block resident)
  6. Tial Tin Par (female; age: 25; father’s name: Sai Hmung; Dawrhlun Block resident)
  7. Biak Tha Par (female; age: 19; father’s name: Tial Kio; Dawrhlun Block resident)
  8. Van Ni Sui (female; age: 22; father’s name: Bawi Hei; Hakhathar Block resident)
  9. Biak Hnem Sung (female; age: 24; father’s name: Tawk Tling; Dawrhlun Block resident)
  10. Khin Hnin Yu (female; age: 24; father’s name: U Sein Yu; Dawrthar Block resident)
  11. Mary Zai Hnem Sung (female; age: 21; father’s name: Biak Hnin; Dawrthar Block resident)
  12. Kap Cung (male; age: 52; father’s name: Hrang Kam; farmer residing in Pyidawtha Block)
  13. Thawng Hlei Thang (male; age: 22; father’s name: Thang Nuai; Dawrthar Block resident)
  14. Bawi Tha Thawng (male; age: 25; father’s name: Ceu Vung; Dawrthar Block resident)
  15. Tuan Tin Peng (male; age: 18; father’s name: Hrang Khuai; Ruadeu villager)
  16. Joseph (male; age: 18; father’s name: Thla Hmung; High School student)
  17. Sang Bik Lian (male; age: 16; father’s name: Tuan Thang; High School student)
  18. Bawi Cung (male; age: 43; father’s name: Ral Tun; civil servant at Fire Department)
  19. Sai Thawn (male; age: 53; father’s name: Van Kio; civil servant at Land Record Department)
  20. Sui Hnin Hmung (male; age: 35; father’s name: Lei Uk; worker at motorbike repair shop)
  21. Chan Uk (male; age: 30; father’s name: Ning Uk; worker at motorbike repair shop)
  22. Van Cer Luai (female; age: 19; father’s name: Sang Luai; Sales Assistant at C&C mini-market)
  23. Peng Lian Thawng (male; age: 31; father’s name: Uk Peng; welding worker)

28 civil servants working for State, District and Township Election Commission offices in Chin State issued a statement today, saying that they joined the CDM campaign.

As of last night, 2,535 civil servants from 57 government departments joined the CDM in Hakha (source: Hakha Campaign for Justice). In Tedim, there are 1,132 civil servants including school teachers who have already joined the CDM campaign.

In Thantlang, communities blocked one of the roads to protect themselves from possible attacks by riot police and armed soldiers as they blocked the main road to Lal Luai Football Ground where protestors normally gathered.

In Matupi, protesters used photos of Min Aung Hlaing to block riot police and armed soldiers from advancing to break up protests.

At about 9:30pm, the military in a truck continued going around towns in Chin State making an announcement using a megaphone saying that they patrolled to ensure peace and stability and that they didn’t impose Article 144 (curfew) in Chin State, unlike other States and Regions, and urging parents not to allow their children to go out and join the protests and saying that necessary action would otherwise be taken according to the existing laws.

The 8pm casserole protest banging pots and pans continued across Chin State. Internet shutdown between 1am and 9am continued.

1 March 2021 – At about 2:30pm in Hakha, riot police and armed soldiers used water canons, and shot tear gas and smoke bombs about five times near town center to disperse the peaceful protesters who were marching on the main road. All shops were closed immediately as people started banging pots and pans. “I was approaching the place to take some photos. Suddenly, I started choking as tears ran down my face. It was a very difficult feeling to describe but I felt like I was running out of breath. I was seen taking photos and chased so I ran quickly away from them,” said a photojournalist in Hakha. Some protesters said that they vomitted. At least 23 protesters, including two from Falam, have been reported arrested. Some including local journalists and women who were hiding inside the Hakha Town Restaurant were arrested. Two construction workers who didn’t participate in the protest were also snatched. Another one construction worker who tried to escape when his co-workers were being arrested at the construction site was beaten but not taken away.

At about 4pm in Hakha, the military increased forces in an effort to crack down on protesters and make several arrests.

At 4:35pm in Hakha, riot police and armed soldiers confiscated all motorbikes parked on the roadside between town center and Universal Store and, loaded them onto trucks and took them away.

At about 5pm in Hakha, main junctions were barricaded blocking all main roads. Riot police and armed soldiers were seen raiding houses on Cherry Road in an attempt to make more arrests.

At night, some religious leaders met the head of the Hakha Police Station and had a chance to pray for 23 (14 males and 9 females) peaceful protesters being detained. The police said that the detainees might be released the following day. The police didn’t want to give the list of detainees. Therefore, the number mentioned here needed to be confirmed.

In Hakha, photos of Min Aung Hlaing were scattered on the main road in an effort to stop riot police and armed soldiers from advancing to confront the protesters.

People in Surkhua village, Hakha Township, and Rezua town, Matupi Township staged peaceful public protests.

Two policemen in Mindat, 27 civil servants at State and Township Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Departments, 31 from Falam District Forestry Department, 6 from Falam MPT office, 80 from the Hakha Township Municipality Department, and two from Falam Election Commission joined the CDM.

Over 400 people staged a peaceful march in Aibur village, Hakha Township in protest against the military coup.

21 civil servants of Chin State Posts and Communications (MPT) department in Hakha joined the CDM. Ms Naomi Lian, a GAD staff in Hakha, who was reportedly accused of sharing information with the authorities, also joined the CDM today.

In Falam, community and religious leaders together with youth group went to the police station to meet with the responsible authorities regarding the arrest of three youth members yesterday during the peaceful protest. The three arrestees were charged with ‘conducive to public mischief’ and will appear in court on 4 March.

In Mindat, riot police barricades the main roads blocking the protests and the protestors also put empty water metal tanks in front of them to protect themselves from possible attacks. The march is currently halted on the road as the police are standing with guns and shields blocking the protests to proceed. Protest in Mindat peacefully ended.

Peaceful demonstrations continued in other towns across Chin State, apart from Paletwa.

Hundreds of people, mostly students, staged a sit-in demonstration against the military coup in Myanmar was organized in Saiha, Mizoram State, India. It was jointly organized by the Mizoram’s Apex Students’ Body and Mara Students’ Organization.

Internal sources confirmed that there was one helicopter landing at the military base on Mount Rung above Hakha, reportedly delivering military equipment and devices.

The casserole protest – banging pots and pans – at 8pm and the Internet shutdown between 1am and 9am.continued.

At about 9:30pm, the military in a truck continued going around towns in Chin State making an announcement using a megaphone saying that they patrolled to ensure peace and stability and that they didn’t impose Article 144 (curfew) in Chin State, unlike other States and Regions, and urging parents not to allow their children to go out and join the protests and saying that necessary action would otherwise be taken according to the existing laws.

28 February 2021 – Peaceful demonstrations against the military coup continued across Chin State, except conflict-affected Paletwa Township.

In Falam, riot police used tear gases and smoke bombs to disperse the crowd and arrested three youths, namely, Mr. Kyaw Kyaw, Mr. Bawi Lian Cuang and Mr. Pa Za Lian. They are taken to the military base at Falam.

In Tedim, riot police and security forces blocked roads to prevent protestors from proceeding the peaceful march.

In Hakha, riot police used water canons to disperse the crowds twice but the marches were peacefully organized, converging in front of Carson Hall. Riot police and security forces blocked junctions and main roads but leaders of the protests managed in advance to split the groups to take different routes, finally rallying at one place. The protesters blocked some main junctions to prevent riot police and security forces from entering their rallying place.

In Hakha, religious leaders (Hakha Christian Ministers’ Fellowship) and members of State Administration Council together with senior military and police officers met at the Hakha Baptist Association’s office. The two detainees – the Hakha Times’ CEO and a Methodist Church pastor – who were arrested during the peaceful public march yesterday were released.

Dozens of people from nearby villages of Hakha town joined peaceful protests organized in the Chin capital.

Riot police opened fire in the protesting crowd in Matupi but there was no injury reported.

The Chin Media Network issued a statement, condemning the military coup and the arrests of journalists and reporters, and urging the current authorities to ensure freedom of expression and media.

Suntui village in Mindat Township started a peaceful public protest, rejecting the illegal military coup, demanding the immediate release of those political leaders being detained, and demanding federal democracy.

In Thantlang, a ‘Prayer for Myanmar’ service was organized by all denominations at the football ground from 7am to 8am.

12 Chin youths arrested yesterday were released at night. They are:

  1. Biak Cin Thang, male
  2. Van Tha Bik, male
  3. Thawng Tha Lian, male
  4. Cung Uk Thang, male
  5. Van Par Hnem, female
  6. Van Tha Chin Iang, female
  7. Aung Law, male
  8. Biak Tha Lian, male
  9. Mang Hrim Lian, male
  10. Sui Hniang Tial, female
  11. Siang Cung Ceu, male
  12. Tum Par, female

The military in a truck went around towns in Chin State making an announcement using a megaphone urging parents not to allow their children to go out and join the protests and saying that necessary action would otherwise be taken according to the existing laws.

The riot police and fully armed soldiers in trucks followed by one fire engine and Black Maria made regular patrols in towns at night.

The casserole protest – banging pots and pans – at 8pm and the Internet shutdown between 1am and 9am.continued.

27 February 2021 – Peaceful public protests against the military coup across Chin State continued.

In Hakha, riot police and security forces used the water canon to disperse the crowd gathering in front of a hall named after the American missionary, Authur Carson. Later, Mr. Lalawmpuia, CEO of the Hakha Times, a local printed newsletter in Hakha language, and Rev. Mang Tum Lian, pastor of the Methodist Church, were arrested. They were taken to the Hakha Police Station where over 100 youths gathered outside of the police compound. Subsequently, security forces blocked the main road to the police station. In the meantime, Christian pastors intervened to make the situation calm and had a discussion with the authorities regarding the emerging issues.

In Thantlang, a big sign reading ‘We want federal democracy’ was painted at a junction on the entrance to the town.

Today, at least the following Chin protestors were arrested in different places in the country as recorded (this included Salai Dokhar – currently in Mandalay -, who contested as an independent candidate in Chin State in the 2020 election):

  • Yangon: 12
  • Mandalay: 1
  • Hakha: 2

In Mindat, protestors wore traditional dresses and facial tattoos as they marched on the main road, and banged pots and pans, showing solidarity and unity in their protest against the military coup.

The casserole protest – banging pots and pans – at 8pm and the Internet shutdown between 1am and 9am.continued.

The military in a truck went around towns in Chin State making an announcement using a megaphone urging parents not to allow their children to go out and join the protests and saying that necessary action would otherwise be taken according to the existing laws.

The riot police and fully armed soldiers in trucks followed by one fire engine and Black Maria made regular patrols in towns at night.

26 February 2021 – The tactical commander based in Hakha has been transferred to Kalaymyo, Sagaing Region as he was reportedly promoted.

In Hakha, trucks of security forces with guns and one fire engine arrived near the sit-in protests in front of the Myanmar Economic Bank, and police with shields blocked the road. There was tension between the protestors and the security forces around 11am but no violence broke out. The protests peacefully continued as the security forces retreated.

At 12 noon, leaders of protestors distributed plastic bags to keep phones and personal belongings as the security forces reportedly plan to use a water canon to disperse the crowd.

At about 12:30, the security forces started using the water canon but it was not successful. Some people said that they decided to use the water canon to disperse the protesting crowd because they wanted to ensure that salary payment be withdrawn from the bank.

The chief minister of Chin State government, the speaker of the Chin State parliament, vice speaker and two State ministers were released from their weeks-long detention this morning (see previous updates on more stories below). Other detainees are still kept in military custody.

Churches in Hakha organized ‘Prayer for Myanmar’ services in the morning while a sit-in protest by youth groups in support of CDM (today marks the 20th day of CDM campaign in Hakha) and against the military coup took place in front of Myanmar Economic Bank and other few government offices.

Thousands of people joined a peaceful rally in Tedim in support of CDM and protest against the military coup.

A newly formed community-based group called ‘We stand with Falam CDM heroes’ wrote a letter today, requesting Pu Ca Awi, the GAD head, to join and support CDM.

All businesses including shops and restaurants are closed in Hakha in support of CDM campaign and protest against the military coup.

The Chin Youth Organization of Kalay Kabaw in Kalaymyo, Sagaing Region formed local groups to take responsibility of security measures at local levels in an effort to protect communities.

In Tedim, over 5,000 people joined the peaceful protest chanting slogans including:

  • We fight for our generation
  • We fight for our country
  • We fight for our future

Four (three engineers and one computer technician) in Falam issued a statement, in response to repeated requests to go back to work, addressed to the District head of the District Rural Department today, saying that they joined the CDM campaign of their own accord and would not go to work.

Thousands of people including civil servants and Paletwa communities including IDPs currently based in Hakha marched peacefully, chanting some slogans such as:

  • We want federal democracy
  • People’s police (chanting when security police are around)
  • Are we, the public, together? (Together, together)
  • To topple the military authorities (civil servants are the main)
  • What are you doing in the office while the public are out on the streets together giving their lives?

The casserole protest – banging pots and pans – at 8pm and the Internet shutdown between 1am and 9am.continued.

25 February 2021 – The Chin National League for Democracy (CNLD) issued a statement today saying that it received an invitation on 22 February by the military to attend the meeting between political parties and the UEC (set up by the military) and that it would not attend the event.

Chin Civil Society urged the Chin National League for Democracy and Asho Chin National Party not to attend the meeting organized by Tatmadaw between political parties and election commission.

A ‘Prayer for Myanmar’ service was organized in Falam between 6pm and 7pm.

The casserole protest – banging pots and pans – at 8pm and the Internet shutdown between 1am and 9am.continued.

23 February 2021 – Communities in Mindat Township formed their own administrative body (Pyithu Ohchok Yee Aphwayh) to take the responsibility for safety and security, rule of law, communications, healthcare services and ensuring peaceful protests.

Youth groups in Falam organized a sit-in protest in front of the Myanmar Economic Bank, requesting on their knees bank staff to join CDM.

The clanking of pots and pans at 8pm continued across Chin State, save Paletwa. The Internet shutdown between 1am and 9am.continued.

22 February 2021 – Over 15,000 people, including civil servants and religious leaders, held a peaceful rally in support of CDM and in protest against the military coup in Hakha.

Communities in Mindat issued a statement, condemning and seriously criticizing U Maung Ha for joining the Union Administration Council.

The Committee Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (CRPH) appointed Dr. Sasa as Special Envoy to the UN.

The clanking of pots and pans at 8pm continued across Chin State, save Paletwa.

21 February 2021 – The head of the Mindat District Immigration Department started joining the CDM campaign, saying that he didn’t want to continue his work under the military authorities.

20 February 2021 – The State Administration Council organized a Chin National Day celebration event at Town Hall while communities met in a separate location in front of Carson Hall and commemorated the event after the peaceful public march.

The Chin National Front organized the Chin National Day commemoration event at Camp Victoria, where over 1,000 people, especially youths, attended with dozens of traditional dances and performances.

19 February 2021 – Peaceful marches across Chin State continued. In Hakha, a sit-in protest was organized in front of government offices and Myanmar Economic Bank.

In Tlanglo village, Thantlang Township, hundreds of peope staged a peaceful rally against the military coup.

General updates

  • There are some limitations on travelling but restrictive measures are different from one township to another (eg. Travels to villages in Tedim, Tonzang and Thantlang are limited/restricted).
  • New positive cases of COVID-19 recently confirmed in Mindat, Tedim, and Tonzang.
  • Fear, intimidation, confusion and uncertainty (eg. Some people got panicked and started stockpiling while others worried their immediate livelihoods.)
  • Public marches, office closures and CDM movements (An increasing number of civil servants joined the CDM campaign and public rallies)
  • Arrests and detention (Hluttaw speaker and vice speaker, two State ministers still be detained; chief minister of Chin State govt taken away this morning; Township/State UEC members being taken away last night; newly appointed chairperson of State Administration Council died from heart attack this morning)
  • New arrival of more troops in Hakha recently
  • Paletwa and Sami (IDPs and civilians bang pots and pans but soldiers opened fire in the sky to stop the clanking and soldiers were seen patrolling the town).
  • Internet access is restored in Paletwa but not working
  • Banks are closed (Myanmar Economic Bank sometimes opens).
  • No major work on COVID-19 prevention activities. Worries over the spread of infection.

18 February 2021 – 51 staff of district and township fire departments in Hakha joined the CDM and participated in the peaceful protest today.

U Nay Lin, the head of Chin State Immigration Department in Hakha, forced CDM staff to go back to office and to wear uniform. In Thantlang, at least four staff returned to work after the GAD head repeatedly forced them using informal and formal channels.

One male staff of Innwa Bank in Hakha was sacked from his work yesterday because he joined the CDM.

Peaceful public marches continued across Chin State, including in Rezua town, Matupi Township where the activity has happened for 7 days.

The Chin Peace and Tranquility Committee requested a meeting with the Chin State Administration Council last week but it was denied with no clear reasons given. What was replied was the Northwestern Command based in Monywa didn’t allow the meeting.

Sources confirmed that the newly set-up Chin State Administration Council will organize the 73rd Chin National Day celebration at Town Hall in Hakha after the local community committee rejected the official invitation. Instead, the local community committee plans to organize a separate event – likely to be via an online platform.

In Matupi, local communities yesterday formed ‘Matupi Township Security Group’ to take overall responsibility for security issues at local levels until power is transferred back to the legal government by Tatmadaw.

Protest leaders said that they identified at least six non-uniformed individuals, especially in Hakha, who were believed to be secretly taking photos and filming people and activities in protests against the military coup.

17 February 2021 – CHRO released a list of Chin individuals who have been detained by Tatmadaw since the coup on 1 February. The list contains at least 38, including Chin State parliament speaker, deputy speaker and State ministers as well as UEC leading members in all townships in Chin State, and another six Chin individuals in Rakhine State. Only four – who were detained because of their involvement in the casserole protests – out of the said 38 arrested in Chin State had been released.

Peaceful public marches continued in all towns across Chin State, save Thantlang and Falam where ‘Prayer for Myanmar’ was instead organized, and Paletwa where planned activities have been disrupted by security forces.

In Hakha, a sit-in protest was organized in front of government offices in support of CDM in the morning and about 5,000 people continued to peacefully march along the main road in the afternoon.

Chin Student Union – Pakokku issued a statement condemning the military coup and the appointment of the new minister for education.

Thantlang GAD put pressure on its staff to go back to office, using both formal and informal ways. The letter issued on 15 February 2021 by the investigative bureau for government departments forced GAD staff to report to the office at 10am on 16 Feb without out. [Note: It is believed that a new committee/body or group is formed by the authorities to investigate government departments regarding the CDM campaign.]

Sixty-six staff members of GAD in Hakha issued a statement saying that they got involved in the CDM campaign of their own accord and without any external influences and that they didn’t want to continue their tenure under the military authorities. Another statement issued by the same group yesterday said that 41 out of 67 staff joined the CDM campaign.

Fifteen staff of Falam Township Education Department joined the CDM campaign.

The Chin Baptist Churches in USA (CBA USA) and its youth department contributed 120,000US dollars for the CDM-ers in Chin State.

The investigative bureau for government department submitted their complaint against Ms Far Tial, lower division clerk at Hakha GAD, yesterday, accusing that she was involved in the CDM campaign, in political activities, in joining peaceful assembly and marches without proper permission, and not coming to office despite communication with responsible staff.

The Chin State Administration Council met Hakha Christian Ministers’ Fellowship yesterday, saying that they didn’t want any violence and that the pastors were requested to share this message with the public. The pastors said that they didn’t want any violence either, however they stood with the public, and that they were in support of CMDers and prayed for them.

Six new cases of COVID-19 confirmed with truck drivers who were tested at the entrance to Hakha.

The casserole protests by banging pots and pans at 8pm continued across Chin State, apart from Paletwa town.

Internet shutdown from 1am to 9am continued.

16 February 2021 – The Union Administration Council announced that U Ngun San Aung, former Chin State Minister for Transport, was confirmed as chairman of the Chin State Administration Council, and U Hang Cin Kham as a SAC member. [Note: U Ngun San Aung was approached after Terence San Mawi Nikhuai died from a heart attack. See updates on 11 February 2021 below.]

Peaceful public marches continued in all townships, apart from Paletwa, Thantlang and Tedim. In Paletwa, it could not be organized because of security issues. In Thantlang, prayer for Myanmar was organized in a football pitch. In Tedim, protesters gathered in front of 10 different government department offices in support of CDM, instead.

Mr. Go Suan Khai, former GAD head in Tedim Township, refused to accept the offer of a high-ranking position by the State Administration Council.

Six youth leaders in Tedim and three youth leaders in Falam were summoned to GADs and briefed that they [authorities] didn’t want any violence.

The clanking of pots and pans at 8pm in protest against the military coup continued in all towns, except in Paletwa. A Paletwa resident told Chinland Guardian: “We have been affected by Tatmadaw-AA conflicts since 2015, and people in general are worried, intimidated, traumatized and in fear. So, we don’t have the courage to do anything at the moment although we see and hear what is going around in other parts of the State and the country. Phone connection is working but internet access is still limited.”

In Falam, GAD civil servants went back to the office without wearing their uniform after each one was reportedly called the previous days to sign the attendance sheet. This happened in other towns but local groups of protesters gathered in front of the GAD offices in support of CDM, which helped them [civil servants] to decide not to go to offices. Sources confirmed that some civil servants became confused and were intimidated. In Kanpetlet township, some civil servants went to villages for hiding.

New updates that some doctors, especially in Falam, from outside of Chin State went back to their home towns, leaving their current positions as part of CDM.

Meanwhile, fundraising groups were formed in association with local churches, and Chin communities and churches in foreign countries for providing necessary support for CDM-civil servants.

Soldiers or soldiers wearing police uniform and security police were seen patrolling in towns across Chin State at night. Since this morning, trucks of police/soldiers announced using a megaphone saying that they were patrolling to ensure safety and security of the public and that people could stay calm and relax properly.

In Kanpetlet, trucks of soldiers arrived in the morning and security police were seen guarding the banks today.

Sources confirmed that Mr. Thla Hre, an independent candidate in Hakha Township contesting in the 2020 election, denied an offer by the State Administration Council.

As of now, there are at least three clinics set up by local volunteers in collaboration with health workers, community and church leaders in Hakha, Thantlang and Falam to provide free healthcare services following the ‘civil disobedience movement’.

Internet access was shut down from 1am to 9am.

15 February 2021 – Internet access was shut down at 1am and re-opened at 9am.

Youth groups and protestors gathered in front of offices at about 8am to stop ‘forced office attendance’ and in support of ‘Civil Disobedience Movement’.

Support from Chin diasporas and churches, especially from foreign countries, continued and has been on the increase.

Pu Siang Mang, an elected MP of the Chin National League for Democracy in the 2020 general election, refused to accept a repeated offer of a high-ranking position in the Chin State Administration Council.

Peaceful public marches continued across Chin State. In Hakha, government staff and Christian leaders in their uniform led the marching. Chanting slogans included:

  • Don’t go to office, civil servants – stay at home in peace
  • Don’t go to work, civil servants – we, the public, will feed you
  • To topple the dictator – civil servants are the most important

New members of the Chin State Administration Council reportedly organized an internal meeting in Hakha (to be confirmed).

14 February 2021 – Barbed-wire barricades were set up in front of the Chin State government building blocking the road around 8pm.

Multi-denominational churches based in Hakha held ‘prayer for Myanmar’ at Carson Hall where hundreds of people joined.

The arrival of more troops in trucks, reportedly from Kalaymyo, was seen around 8am in Hakha. Trucks and pick-ups including a white fire engine were seen driven along the Hakha main road at night – two or three times.

Staff of GADs, banks including Myanmar Economic Bank, and health departments were pressured to go to office on Monday. Some staff avoided sleeping at their usual houses in fear of being arrested.

Youth groups were formed in each ward/block for taking necessary action regarding security measures to protect civilians and for better communications in the event of night raids, detention and arrests.

Security police were seen guarding banks across Chin State at night.

As of today’s updates, CDM has been joined by the majority of government departments and employees in Chin State including:

  1. GAD staff
  2. Bank staff
  3. University tutors/professors and students
  4. School teachers
  5. Health workers
  6. Immigration staff
  7. Livestock breeding and veterinary deparment
  8. GTI (Government Technical Institute)
  9. Engineers
  10. Construction department
  11. Department of rural development
  12. Road transportation administration department
  13. (to be updated more)

13 February 2021 – Checkpoints and security measures were increased between Hakha and Thantlang towns.

Peaceful public demonstration by car and motorbike was organized in Hakha while marches continued in other towns across Chin State.

CBOs/CSOs based in Matupi issued a statement condemning his acceptance of the appointment as a Chin State Administration Council (SAC) member by the military’s Union Administration Council.

Sources confirmed that some local leaders were approached by the State Administration Council’s leading members including Colonel Han Win Aung and the previous secretary of the Chin State government, in an attempt to persuade them to join SAC.

12 February 2021 – Peaceful public marches continued in towns across Chin State, apart from Paletwa where planned demonstration was disrupted by security forces. Pamphlets rejecting the military coup were found on the streets.

The Kalay Council of Churches took to the streets, peacefully marching in Kalaymyo, Sagaing Region.

Police visited Ngun San Aung’s house in Pyidawtha Ward, Hakha, asking if he had returned home. (See updates on 11 February 2021 below).

The Union Administration Council announced that Colonel Han Win Aung, former Chin State Minister of Security and Border Affairs, as a State Administration Council member for Chin State (Navy 25995).

Banging pots and pans in protest against the military coup at 8pm continued.

11 February 2021 – Terence San Mawi Nikhuai, the newly military-appointed chairperson of Chin State Administrative Council passed away from a heart attack around 7am this morning.

Pu Lian Luai, the chief minister of Chin State government was taken away to Rung Mount – the base of Light Infantry Battalion 266 – for the second time by soldiers around midnight last night.

Members of the Election Commission in Chin State arrested in their houses at night, mostly around midnight, included:

  1. Uk Nawl, Chin State Election Commission chairperson, Hakha
  2. Ronnie Thla Kio Lian, Hakha Township Election Commission chairperson, Hakha
  3. Salai Thawngpi, Hakha Township Election Commission officer, Hakha
  4. Thla Mang, Thantlang Township Election Commission chairperson, Thantlang
  5. Salai Khin Aung Ling, aka Sangsang, Thantlang Township Election Commission officer, Thantlang
  6. San Thang, Falam Township Election Commission, Falam
  7. Kee Om, Mindat Township Election Commission chairperson, Mindat
  8. Mya Maung, Kanpetlet Township Election Commission chairperson, Kanpetlet
  9. Kee Law, Kanpetlet Township Election Commission secretary, Kanpetlet
  10. Lian Hei, chairperson of the Hakha District Election Commission (to be confirmed)
  11. Aung Sheng (Matupi, to be updated more)
  12. Naing Awm, Matupi Township Election Commission officer, Matupi
  13. Cang Toi, chairperson of the Matupi District Election Commission, Matupi
  14. Myint Aung Shein (Head of Election Commission, Matupi, to be updated more)
  15. Aung Myo Win, Paletwa Township Election Commission officer, Paletwa
  16. U San Thar Kyaw, Paletwa Township Election Commission chairperson, Paletwa

“My father, Pu Lian Hei, chairperson of the Hakha District Election Commission, was taken away around midnight by the military,” posted on his Facebook page by Lian Hei’s son.

When asked about the reasons why they were taken away, the soldiers said that they had some questions to ask them. All of them were taken to Rung Mount, the base of Light Infantry Battalion 266.

In Hakha, all the shops are closed, putting the red flag up from 2pm to 5pm in support of civil disobedience movement and protest against the military coup on 1 February 2021.

An arrest warrant was reportedly issued (although confirmation of who signed the document was yet to be confirmed) to arrest Salai Ngun San Aung and Salai Elishma, who submitted the request letter for organizing peaceful marches in protest against the military coup in Hakha. Later today, security police were seen sitting and gathering near Salai Ngun San Aung’s house in Hakha.

No public marches in Hakha although other towns in Chin State continued. Instead, the groups organized a sit-in protest in front of government offices including GAD office in support of ‘Civil Disobedience Movement’. ‘Prayer for Myanmar’ was organized at different locations by different denominations and churches in Hakha.

In the appointment letter of State/Region Administration Council members issued by the Union Administration Council were U Ngun San Aung and U Go Suan Khai as Chin State SAC members.

Ci Ling, Levi Thian Ceu Thawng, Thomas Van Thiang Bik, and Van Bawi Bik were released after being kept in Hakha police lock-up since 4 February (see more details on 4 February 2021 below).

Banging pots and pans in protest against the military coup at 8pm continued.

10 February 2021 – Thousands of people joined the peaceful public marches across Chin State, including Rezua town. Government employees including GAD staff, health workers, school teachers and university tutors/professors as well as religious leaders participated in the demonstrations.

Banging pots and pans in protest against the military coup at 8pm continued.

Over 100 government employees of District and Township General Administration Departments in Hakha joined ‘Civil Disobedience Movement’ this morning.

Trucks of soldiers are stationed at main junctions in Kalaymyo, blocking access to major places. Peaceful marches take place.

Ci Ling (see updates on 4 February below) is likely to be sent to Kalaymyo for signing necessary documents after the completion of his eight-day sentence which started on 4 February.

9 February 2021 – Six Chin student leaders (two males and four females) were arrested in Ann, Rakhine State and charged with Article 25 of Natural Disaster Management Law, namely:

  1. Mai Yadanar Aung, 21, female
  2. Mai Tin Cho Cho Htwe, female
  3. Maung Myo Aung Cho, male
  4. Soe Kalyar Htun, female
  5. Mai Mary, female
  6. Salai Min Htaik Aung, male

In Sami town, Paletwa Township, soldiers opened fire in an attempt to stop the casserole protest as people including IDPs banged pots and pans at 8pm. Soldiers were seen patrolling the town.

In Kalaymyo, Sagaing Region, troops reportedly arrived by flight and trucks of troops were seen being stationed at main junctions. At night, soldiers patrolled the town by truck announcing the imposition of security and movement restrictions (under Section 144 of Criminal Procedure).

Peaceful public marches continued in Tedim, Falam, Hakha, Thantlang, Mindat, and Matupi, and started in Kanpetlet, Tonzang and Paletwa

In Hakha, an estimated population of about 70,000 peacefully walked along the main road from Ral Hmung football ground to Carson Hall, carrying placards and chanting slogans. Slogans chanted included:

  • Immediate release of those still being detained including Chin State parliament speaker and vice speaker, and two State Ministers as well as political prisoners
  • No to the military coup and those associating with Tatmadaw
  • Encouragement and support of government employees joining ‘Civil Disobedience Movement’
  • Demand for federal democracy
  • Shouting ‘People’s Police’ in front of police forces and police station in Hakha

Doctors, nurses and health staff, mostly those who join ‘Civil Disobedience Movement’ and go on strike, in cooperation with church and community leaders started providing free healthcare services at a newly rented place in Hakha today.

Ci Ling who was arrested (see updates on 4 February below) by the police in Hakha is still detained and is reportedly likely to be sent to Kalaymyo.

Local sources confirmed that some State Ministers were not allowed to leave the Minister’s residence despite the order to leave by 5th February and that they are still kept at the Minister’s residence.

Zo Bawi, the Speaker of Chin State parliament; Soe Htet, State Minister for Electricity and Municipal Affairs; Phyay Ar, State Minister for Immigration and Human Resources; and Taik Thang, Vice Speaker of Chin State parliament are still detained. No family members and outsiders are allowed to see them. Some pastors in Hakha said that they were not allowed to visit them for prayer either.

8 February 2021 – Peaceful public marches happen in Mindat, Thantlang and Matupi this morning. Later in the afternoon, thousands of people marched peacefully in Hakha, Falam, and Tedim.

An estimated 10,000 people including government employees, Christian leaders, women and elderly in Hakha carried placards and chanted slogans including the demand for the immediate release of State parliament speaker, vice speaker and two State ministers still being detained.

In Hakha, all the shops were closed from 2pm to 5pm in protest against the military coup.

7 February 2021 – Internet shutdown continued but was restored at about 2:30pm. Thousands organized peaceful and silent public marches in Hakha (estimated to be over 3,000 people) and Falam.

Pu Ngai Sak, a leading member of the Chin National League for Democracy, denied an offer of a high-ranking position by the military authorities.

6 February 2021 – All Internet access (MPT, Telenor, Ooredoo etc) was shut down. Phone communication was not cut off.

The casserole protest by banging pots and pans at 8pm continued in Chin State.

5 February 2021 – At least three Chin individuals denied offers of high-ranking positions by the military authorities.

The casserole protest by banging pots and pans at 8pm continued in Chin State.

Chin communities across the world banged pots and pans online in protest against the military coup in Myanmar.

4 February 2021 – A man, identified as Ci Ling, 66, living in Keisih area of Hakha was taken into police custody last night while he was watching people banging pots and pans in front of his house. He was accused of ‘disturbing the neighborhood’ by the police. Other three, namely Levi Thian Ceu Thawng (Male),
Thomas Van Thiang Bik (Male), and Van Bawi Bik (Male) were also arrested.

A group of over 20 youths went to the Hakha Police Station and demanded his immediate release. The police said that he would be fined 50 Kyats and would be released in the morning the following day.

When asked why they arrested only him while the whole city was joining the night clanking, the police said that he was the only one they could catch as other residents ran away and that they were not allowed to arrest people inside their houses.

In Thantlang, a local youth was confronted and asked to stop banging pots and pans at night by police and security forces patrolling the town, which is about 20 miles away from Hakha.

Facebook is down for some users while others can still get access to it until the morning.

Zo Bawi, the Speaker of Chin State parliament; Soe Htet, State Minister for Electricity and Municipal Affairs; Phyay Ar, State Minister for Immigration and Human Resources; and Taik Thang, Vice Speaker of Chin State parliament are still detained while other State Ministers including the chief minister were released.

Doctors and nurses in Tonzang and Thantlang General Hospitals join the ‘civil disobedience’ movement later today.

3 February 2021 – Doctors in Hakha General Hospital, Tedim General Hospital and Falam General Hospital walk out and go on strike.

Meanwhile, the Khumi Media Group said that the months-long internet shutdown following the conflict between Tatmadaw and Arakan Army has been lifted since this morning.

As of this morning, the Chin State parliament speaker and two other State ministers have not been released, according to local sources.

In joining the ‘civil disobedience’ movement, the clanking of pots and pans in protest against the military takeover of Myanmar’s government started in Keisih Ward, Hakha at night.

2 February 2021 – The military met with religious leaders including Bishop Lucius Hre Kung, Roman Catholic leader of Hakha Diocese; and Rev. Dr. Stephen Lian Hup Ling, president of the Hakha Christian Ministers’ Fellowship and the senior pastor of Hakha Baptist Church around 3pm.

In the list of 11 selected chairpersons of the State/Region Administrative Council announced yesterday by the Tatmadaw is Terence San Mawi Nikhuai for Chin State. Originally from Lumte village, Falam Township, he was serving as Judge of the High Court of Chin State.

1 February 2021 – As part of Tatmadaw’s staging a coup, Chin State also faced phone lines and internet connections cut off on Monday while the chief minister and other State ministers were taken away around 4am and kept in military custody.

One of the State ministers said that they were taken to the military base on Mount Rung and were freed in the evening with an instruction given to all of them not to travel anywhere within the next few days.

Sources confirmed that all the current State ministers were briefed to return all government facilities including vehicles, submit all documents to relevant authorities and evacuate their current residences by 4 February.

Hakha residents said that they were worried because they saw a line of trucks with uniformed soldiers near the State government building, near the ministers’ residential areas and at road junctions at night.

The unexpected activities of Tatmadaw have left civilians panicked and worried for the future as they stockpile food items while others were queueing up for hours for the banks to withdraw cash for emergency purposes.

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