In this Jan. 31, 2016, photo, 32-year old Bawm Lang, a member of Pat Jasan injured in an ambush by poppy farmers, poses for a photo in Myitkyna, northern Kachin State, Myanmar. (AP Photo/Hkun Lat)
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Production has boomed amid weak law enforcement in the northern war-torn frontier, where ethnic minority rebel groups seeking greater autonomy from the state have been battling the Myanmar army for decades.It's believed that both ethnic militias and the Myanmar military have tapped the lucrative multi-billion dollar trade to finance their long-running wars.The sudden attack Thursday morning came after several days of a tense stand-off between the Pat Jasan marchers and police, who had blocked the group from entering surrounding poppy fields citing concerns of armed farmers ready to hit back.The injured activists, seen by an AFP photographer laying side-by-side and hooked up to IVs in Myitkyina's bare-bones hospital, are all in a stable condition, according to the group's spokesman.
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