Military raids home of acting NUG president 

The military council raided the house of acting president Duwa Lashi La in Lashio, northern Shan State, on Tuesday, according to a local source.  

Junta troops allegedly entered the house of the National Unity Government (NUG) member on Gantgaw St in the city’s Ward 1 at around 11pm. 

“They came in five vehicles and called out from the front of the house. They jumped over the fence when no one responded to their call,” the local said, citing eyewitnesses. “There were four people in the house and two women finally came out. They were relatives of Duwa Lashi La’s wife. He hasn’t been home for a while though.”

The other members of the family had reportedly left the home immediately after the announcement that Duwa Lashi La had been appointed the NUG’s acting president. 

It was not known if anyone was arrested in the raid or if anything was taken from the home. 

Northern Shan State-based Shwe Phee Myay news reported that the military units stayed and ransacked the house for around one hour. 

Earlier that day, Duwa Lashi La delivered an “emergency speech” in which he announced that the NUG was beginning a “resistance war” against the coup regime, and called on the entire nation to rise up against military rule. 

Duwa Lashi La was appointed vice president of the NUG on April 16, but is serving as acting president since the appointed president, Win Myint, remains in junta custody. 

He is also the chair of the Kachin National Consultative Assembly, and a lawyer.

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