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Known for terrorising civilians for decades, Myanmar’s military was once seen as a liberator

Known for terrorising civilians for decades, Myanmar’s military was once seen as a liberator
Burma’s first national army came out of World War II and the quest for independence.

The Myanmar military has been terrorising civilians since a coup two months earlier.Myanmar’s military was not always a repressive force.Ever since, Myanmar’s military, called Tatmadaw, has essentially existed solely to fight against Myanmar’s minorities.In 2008, for example, the Myanmar military assented to a new Constitution officially giving 75% of seats in Parliament to civilian politicians and reserving 25% for army representatives.

Led by a group called the “30 comrades” who received military training from the Japanese,“ the Burma Independence Army allied itself with Japan to fight the British.The Burma Independence Army forced the British out in 1941.

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