Myanmar’s ethnic armed groups, and why their threats against junta could spiral into more conflict

Mar 31, 2021 | INVESTING

 

Unrest in coup-hit Myanmar has thrown the spotlight on some of the country’s armed ethnic groups, after three of them threatened the junta with retaliation for its deadly crackdown on protests.

Some analysts are warning the crisis could spiral into even more conflict if the insurgents follow through on their threats.

Independence from British colonial rule in 1948 left a complex patchwork of cultural, ethnic and linguistic groups in Myanmar.

In the decades since, a messy struggle has worn…

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