Military council burns oil wells in Myaing Township


The Irrawaddy January 21, 2022

Magway Division A coup d'état has been set on fire by a coup d'état in Myaing Township for three days in a row, according to a report from Spring Revolution-Myaing. 

On the morning of January 20, the military council set fire to hand-made oil wells along the Letpadaung oil field in Thapyay Nyo oil field, and on January 18 and 19, they also set fire to oil wells in the north-south forest and oil fields in Thapyay Nyo oil field, according to the report.

On January 13, Kyauk Khuk and the border oil field were set on fire.

Oil refineries in Magway Division, including Myaing Township, have been a lucrative source of revenue for the government, and under the previous National League for Democracy (NLD) government, revenues were greatly used to upgrade roads and develop roads in Magway Division.

The USDP government received billions of kyats in development funds from oil miners, but more than 3 billion kyats was repaid in installments and some assets were confiscated after the NLD government investigated the misappropriation of more than 7 billion kyats by Prime Minister Phone Maw Shwe.

Despite the misappropriation of local development funds by the oil industry, no action has been taken against Prime Minister Phone Maw Shwe.

Since the military took power on February 1, anti-dictatorship protests and the military council's violent attacks in Myaing Township have been on the rise since January 9. On January 16, 25 houses in Thadut village and 22 houses in Nyaung Pan Lay village were set on fire.

As a result of the military council's violent attacks on civilians, Thousands of civilians have been displaced by villages in the west and north.

Photo: Spring Revolution - Myaing