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Myanmar's ethnic armed groups weigh the costs as civil war looms

Karen villagers, who crossed a river to seek refuge in Thailand after air strikes by Myanmar's military, said they were forced to turn back by the Thai authorities. PHOTO: AFP/EI TU HTA COMMUNITY LEADERS
A protester stands near a burning makeshift barricade in Yangon on March 30, 2021. PHOTO: AFP
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BANGKOK - In the first few weeks after the Feb 1 coup in Myanmar, hopeful protesters circulated a map showing where some of the country's ethnic armed groups could attack the military regime to spread its forces thin.

On Tuesday (March 30), that possibility came a step closer to reality when an alliance of three armed groups issued a statement demanding that the Myanmar military "immediately stop violently cracking down on peaceful protesters and killing innocent civilians" and address the public's political demands.

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