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Myanmar ethnic minorities alliance says fighting to ‘end dictatorship’

BANGKOK (AFP) – An alliance of Myanmar ethnic minority groups said yesterday it would fight to end the country’s “dictatorship”, days after the junta said it had held talks with the alliance facilitated by China.

Clashes have raged across Myanmar’s northern Shan state after the Arakan Army, the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army and the Ta’ang National Liberation Army launched an offensive in October.

The groups have seized military positions and border hubs vital for trade with China in what analysts say is the biggest military challenge to the junta since it seized power in 2021.

Members of an ethnic armed forces group check weapons allegedly seized from Myanmar’s army outpost on a hill in Shan state, Myanmar. PHOTO: AP