BANGKOK – Myanmar remains on the path to an expanded, nationwide civil war unless there is a coordinated response from all parties concerned, according to experts. Since February's coup, large waves of Myanmar's population have opposed the takeover, with street protests and strikes against the military. In response, the armed forces have detained thousands of people, including National League for Democracy (NLD) leader Aung San Suu Kyi, while hundreds of protesters and bystanders have been killed. Myanmar has seen three major revolts against the armed forces since 1988, but in its ethnic states, conflict has been rampant for more than 70 years. "Armed Forces Day" in the country recently saw one of the bloodiest days since the coup, leaving at least 100 dead. But days later on March 31, the army promised a one-month cease-fire. Humanitarian groups in the country's ethnic states, however, have reported that military attacks are continuing, which have killed dozens and displaced tens of thousands. ‘No Cease-fire’ in Myanmar's Ethnic Minority States, According to Humanitarian Group Free Burma Rangers also say thousands displaced by airstrikes, ground attacks in violation of junta-declared cease-fire In a bid to solve the crisis, an emergency high-level summit commenced last week… Read full this story
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