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Myanmar Crisis

Myanmar army kills eight near India border in dawn ambush

Kalay becomes a resistance hideout as student protesters call for more to take arms

Myanmar's military has stepped up violence against protesters over the last nine weeks.    © Reuters

BANGKOK -- Myanmar's military on Wednesday launched an early-morning crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in the northwestern township of Kalay, the city bordering India, killing at least eight civilians with machine guns and grenades.

"It's like they are ready to shoot anything they saw on the road," a member of the student union who was caught up in the attack told Nikkei Asia, adding that there was "no warning before the crackdown," which was said to have started around 5 a.m. and lasted until noon.

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