Myanmar’s ethnic armies prepare to fight for a federal structure

12th Apr, 2021

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A supporter of the Karen National Union holding a sign supporting the Committee for Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw, Myanmar's shadow 'parliament,' during a demonstration in Dooplaya district in Myanmar's eastern Karen state on April 2, 2021. Photo: AFP

Myanmar’s ethnic armies have declared war on the country’s military government. The prospect of intensified conflict in Myanmar’s border regions and the likelihood of it prompting thousands of refugees to cross the borders to neighboring countries, has alarmed authorities in China, India and Thailand. “The Tatmadaw [the official name for the Myanmar army] is waging war against its own people. It has shown its true colors: The army are the terrorists,” said Yawd Serk, chairman of the powerful Restoration Council for Shan State (RCSS) in a recent interview with South Asian Monitor.

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