Myanmar coup latest: Military chopper shot down by Kachin army, group says

Monday, May 3

10:00 p.m. This video posted by Myanmar Now news purports to show a Myanmar military helicopter gunship being shot down in Kachin state on Monday. VIDEO - This morning (May 3), Kachin Independence Army (KIA) shot down Tatmadaw helicopter attacking KIA in Moe Mauk. KIA spokesman Colonel Naw Bu said junta’s forces are continuing to use heavy artillery. Two civilians died.

— Myanmar Now (@Myanmar_Now_Eng) May 3, 2021

4:00 p.m. On World Press Freedom Day, Western embassies in Myanmar including those of the U.S. and U.K. collectively call for the immediate release of all detained journalists in the country, the establishment of freedom of information and communication, and an end to all internet restrictions. More than 80 journalists have been arrested since the Feb. 1 coup, with the majority still being detained, their statement says. "We will continue to promote and support a free and independent media as an integral dimension of good governance and human development," the embassies say.

3:30 p.m. Armed ethnic group Kachin Independence Army tells local outlet Mizzima Media that the KIA shot down a Myanmar military helicopter in the northern state of Kachin on Monday. Myanmar's military launched airstrikes this morning, and intense fighting has led to casualties on both sides, a KIA spokesperson says.

2:00 p.m. Myanmar's manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index for April, released by IHS Markit, rose to 33.0 in April from 27.5 in March. But it remains far below 50, indicating that managers' confidence continues to be negative. Production continues to decline, as many factories remain closed in key regions. "It's difficult to anticipate when the sector will return to growth, with many key investors suspending operations until the political situation stabilizes," IHS economist Shreeya Patel says. The nationwide protests led workers to return to their hometowns, while transportation difficulties cause delays in deliveries for manufacturers. The 12-month outlook deteriorated in April and was among the weakest in the index's history, the survey says.


Helicopter Shot Down Over Myanmar Village