Ethnic armed groups in Shan State have long used intimidation to recruit fighters, but the brutal tactics of the Shan State Progress Party are terrorizing villagers and prompting some to flee their homes.
A boycott of the state lottery launched after the February 1 coup has been so effective that the draw has twice been postponed, but it has also left distributors and retailers with millions of unsold tickets.
With Myanmar's legal economy tanking following weeks of nationwide unrest and strike action against the military's government takeover, the United Nations warns of a coming deluge of illicit, cross-border trade.
The military regime has struggled to achieve international recognition since taking control of Myanmar, and it said that only eight international delegations attended Saturday's event, including China and Russia.
The Kayin State Border Guard Force has come under intense pressure from the Tatmadaw over its extensive, controversial business interests and there’s concern the ultimatum could trigger fresh hostilities in one of the country’s most war-torn areas.