The group, which calls itself Mandalay's new People's Defense Force, said its members responded after the army raided one of its bases.
"The fight has started. There will be more fights," a member of the militia identified as Captain Tun Tauk Naing said.
A military coup took place in Myanmar on early Monday, February 1. The troops arrested President U Wyn Myint, State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi, and other top-rank statesmen. Press secretary of the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD), Dr. Myo Nyunt said it in a commentary. The official added that he himself would be detained soon, either.
As the arrests were conducted, the military TV of Myanmar announced the state of emergency in this country, which is supposed to last one year. The MRTV, the state-run television, and radio ceased to work. Telecommunications in the capital and some other regions are down.
The Western governments condemned violence; some countries introduced sanctions.
Wednesday, March 3 became the bloodiest date for Myanmar; at least 38 people deceased on that day, as the military brutally dispersed protesters. According to the UN, More than 50 citizens have lost their lives in acts of street violence since the military coup took place in the country on February 1. 1,200 people were arrested over the last few days. Many families have no idea where their close people are.