Sagaing Region residents equipped with single-shot traditional rifles known as “tumi guns” – and in some cases more modern weaponry – are resisting security forces’ attempts to crush anti-coup protests.
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Sagaing Region residents equipped with single-shot traditional rifles known as “tumi guns” – and in some cases more modern weaponry – are resisting security forces’ attempts to crush anti-coup protests.
Trevor Wilson was Australia’s ambassador to Myanmar from 2000 to 2003, when Western sanctions were pushing the country closer to China, the repression of activists was ruthless, and the country was ruled by the State Peace and Development Council. In August 2003, the SPDC unveiled its seven-point “roadmap to a discipline-flourishing democracy”, that paved the way for the remarkable transition which began under the Thein Sein government in 2011.

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