Six opposition rebels have been killed in Myanmar after days of clashes.
According to Chinland Defense Force, a civilian group protecting the town of Mindat, several were killed over the weekend during clashes with military authorities.
More than have been 10 wounded and five have been arrested.
According to reports, anti-junta groups have been defending themselves using homemade weapons while security forces have used live ammunition and helicopters.
The military-controlled state media has portrayed the violence as a fight against rioters and vowed to bring stability to the country.
The embassies of the U.S. and the UK in Myanmar have spoken out on the unrest, while the country's Miss Universe candidate used the pageant to spark awareness of the situation.