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.
Indian police said nine people, including three police defectors, crossed into Mizoram state on on March 3, the day that saw the highest death toll in Myanmar since police began cracking down on protests. Local media there have reported another 20 have crossed since.
The junta sacked the country's envoy after he spectacularly broke ranks by calling for the regime's downfall on February 26, but on March 1, U Kyaw Moe Tun sent a letter to the president of the UN General Assembly saying he still holds the post.
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.