Myanmar coup raises opportunities for rebel groups

Karen National Union (KNU) soldiers taking part in a parade at a remote base, January 19, 2021. Myanmar’s ethnic rebel outfits see opportunities in the military coup. – AFP pic, April 16, 2021.

MYANMAR’s coup has opened an unexpected window of opportunity for the various ethnic rebel outfits, which have no loyalty to either the junta or to deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi, but could together pose a threat to the army’s rule.

The country has been in turmoil since the military ousted Suu Kyi in February, crushing a 10-year experiment with democracy that had been enthusiastically embraced by the dominant Bamar ethnicity.

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