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Myanmar's Chin battle military with muskets

Ethnic minority has played key role in country's history of conflicts

A Chinland Defense Force fighter poses for a photograph at an undisclosed location near the India-Myanmar border on Nov. 23, 2021.    © Reuters

CHIANG MAI, Thailand -- It might have seemed improbable when Myanmar's poorest ethnic minority seized their antique hunting rifles to battle -- and to bloody -- a Myanmar military that has unleashed artillery and helicopter gunships against them.

But following the overthrow of the country's elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi on Feb. 1 last year, the Chin were among the first to take up arms against the military regime, inspiring other opposition groups across the country to escalate their protests and armed rebellion.

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