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Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, Myanmar's commander in chief, has been accused of genocide and crimes against humanity by a U.N. fact-finding mission.   © Reuters
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DOMINIC FAULDER, Associate Editor, Nikkei Asian Review, and GWEN ROBINSON, Editor-at-large, Nikkei Asian Review | Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos

YANGON/BANGKOK -- A full generation has grown up since the State Law and Order Restoration Council (SLORC) of Senior Gen. Saw Maung seized power on Sept. 18, 1988, putting a bloody end to a nationwide pro-democracy uprising that lasted some six weeks. An estimated 3,000 people died in the crackdown, which re-established direct military rule by a junta.

The nation was bankrupt and the central government controlled none of the frontier areas back then. The threadbare military government immediately launched a brutal late wet season offensive against the Karen National Liberation Army ranged along the rugged border with Thailand, escalating a decades-old conflict that still simmers.

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