/ 31 March 2021

Myanmar edges towards civil war

Fears of a civil war in Myanmar are growing as the pro-democracy protester death toll rises and calls mount for the country’s ethnic groups to band together against the military. Three of Myanmar’s armed ethnic groups yesterday threatened to enter the conflict and “fight alongside the people” if security forces continue to attack demonstrators. More than 500 people have been killed in the military’s crackdown on protests against its February coup that ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Yesterday, Labor and Greens MPs urged the Morrison Government to consider a visa amnesty for Myanmarese students studying in Australia – similar to that given to Chinese students after the Tiananmen Square massacre.

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