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Why in news?
- Myanmar’s military launched air strikes on a village and outpost near the Thai border after ethnic minority Karen insurgents attacked a Myanmar army post in some of the worst clashes since a Feb. 1 coup.
About Karen People:
- The Karen are an ethnolinguistic group of Sino-Tibetan language-speaking peoples.
- The group as a whole is heterogeneous and disparate as many Karen ethnic groups do not associate or identify with each other culturally or linguistically.
- These Karen groups reside primarily in Kayin State, southern and southeastern Myanmar.
- The Karen, approximately five million people, account for approximately seven percent of the Burmese population.
- A few Karen have settled in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India, and other Southeast Asian and East Asian countries
About Karen Nationalists:
- The Karen National Union is a political organisation with an armed wing, the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA), that claims to represent the Karen people of Myanmar (Burma).
- It operates in mountainous eastern Myanmar and has underground networks in other areas of Myanmar where Karen people live as a minority group.
- The aim of the KNU at first was independence, but since 1976 the armed group has called for a federal system rather than an independent Karen State.
- The KNU and its military wing, the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA), have historically been one of the biggest adversaries of Myanmar's military.
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