Myanmar Report

A shopkeeper counts the Myanmar kyat currency at his shop in Pazontaung market in Yangon on March 21, 2020. (Photo by Ye Aung THU / AFP)

Myanmar – The faff after the FATF

The France based Financial Action Task Force (FATF) officially placed Myanmar on their Black List, saying that the post-coup administration was unable to comply with theirsuggestions. Myanmar was already on…

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Crime rate rising in Myanmar’s business capital

Ever since the coup on February 1st, 2021, Myanmar has been in turmoil.  From political to economic woes, the current administration, led by Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, has yet…

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A shopkeeper counts the Myanmar kyat currency at his shop in Pazontaung market in Yangon on March 21, 2020. (Photo by Ye Aung THU / AFP)

Myanmar Kyat exchange rate reaches record low

On August 27th, the value of the Myanmar Kyat (MMK) to the US Dollar (USD) hit a record low at 3,400 MMK/US$1.  Similarly, the price of the Baht strengthened against…

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Activists carry umbrellas with the Burmese number “8” written on them. (Photo by Yangon People’s Strike)

Activists carry out annual ’88’ remembrance protests in Yangon

Despite a heavier than usual deployment of police and soldiers, activists in Yangon managed to carry out guerrilla protests in remembrance of the 88′ revolution. “I saw the kids that…

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An activist takes part in a rally to protest against Myanmar’s junta execution of four prisoners, including including a former lawmaker from Aung San Suu Kyi’s party, outside the United Nations University in Tokyo on July 26, 2022. / AFP

Myanmar junta executes three more political prisoners, more anticipated

Three more political prisoners have been executed in Yangon Region’s infamous Insein Prison, according to sources. The identities of the three are unconfirmed so far and they were executed almost…

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Employees work at the Suzuki car factory in the Thilawa special economic zone on the outskirts of Yangon on August 21, 2019. (Photo by AFP)

Motor vehicle factories in Myanmar under threat of closure

“We can no longer manufacture cars (here) of the brand for which I hold dealership status. We are continuing to sell what we have left. I think other car brands,…

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A matter of rice and death in Myanmar

Myanmar, a developing nation, relies heavily on exports of raw ingredients, of which agricultural exports make up nearly 10%. According to a recent Bloomberg report, Myanmar’s Rice Federation had set a…

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Myanmar junta says will carry out first judicial executions in decades

Myanmar’s junta will execute a former lawmaker from Aung San Suu Kyi’s party and a prominent democracy activist, both of whom were convicted of terrorism, in the country’s first judicial…

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Myanmar bans domestic use of the US dollar

Myanmar has banned all use of the US dollar for domestic transactions, according to its Central Bank (CB) directive dated May 25th 2022. The announcement refers back to the CB’s…

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Foreign energy giants leave Myanmar, Chinese companies to likely replace them

Myanmar saw, not too long into the post-coup era, the departure of investments in the energy sector. France’s Total and the US’s Chevron announced their decisions to leave Myanmar on…

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Street vendors wait for customers during a power outage in Yangon on March 3, 2022. (Photo by AFP)

Concern grows over even more scheduled power cuts in Myanmar

Myanmar will see even more frequent power cuts, starting this month, according to local news media Khit Thit. The article, posted on May 3rd, cites civil servants at the power…

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Relatives wait in front of the Insein Prison for the release of prisoners in Yangon on April 17, 2022. (Photo by STR / AFP)

One year on from ASEAN consensus, Myanmar no closer to peace

Myanmar’s military junta has failed to normalize conditions in the strife-torn country following a subdued water festival punctuated by violence and an unpopular plan to reopen for tourism. Meanwhile, ASEAN…

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Myanmar’s new banking rule forces conversion of foreign currencies into Kyat

Myanmar’s Central Bank has announced that all foreign currency accounts held in the country’s banks must be exchanged to the Kyat within one working day, and all foreign currency earned…

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For years Myanmar Beer dominated bars and supermarket shelves, but after the generals ousted Aung San Suu Kyi’s civilian government last February many turned their backs on produced with a junta-backed conglomerate, along with a host of other goods made by companies linked to the armed forces, from soap to coffee. (Photo by AFP)

Myanmar military’s beer sales tumble after junta boycott

When Japanese brewing giant Kirin called time on its Myanmar operations last month, the news made little difference to Kyaw Gyi — like many drinkers, he had long boycotted the…

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A poster with pictures of people killed by Myanmar’s junta troops is seen at the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) office in Mae Sot, Thailand, January 26, 2022. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

Fearing junta, hundreds of Myanmar parents disown dissident children

(Reuters) – Every day for the last three months, an average of six or seven families in Myanmar have posted notices in the country’s state-owned newspapers cutting ties with sons, daughters, nieces,…

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Few commuters ride on a mostly empty bus in Yangon, Myanmar on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022.

Myanmar marks coup anniversary with silent strikes

On this day (February 1st) twelve months ago, Myanmar’s promising future, coming out of a COVID-19 lockdown, was squashed by a military coup. The following months were tumultuous, rife with…

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Myanmar shuts shop to defy junta on coup anniversary

Streets emptied and shops shuttered across Myanmar on Tuesday as people defied junta orders to go about their business with a silent strike on the first anniversary of the military coup. The junta that ended the Southeast Asian country’s brief democratic interlude…

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COVID, coup and altruism – a Yarn story

The pandemic, followed by a coup. Myanmar couldn’t have it any harder. Amidst the chaos and woes, one of the rays of hope was what could be described as “Burmese…

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On February 1, 2022 Myanmar marks one year since a military coup that saw civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi detained and resulted in widespread dissent across the country. (Photo by AFP)

Myanmar’s longest lasting Civil Disobedience Movement

A week following the February 1st, 2021 coup in Myanmar, the whole nation erupted with protests in many forms, involving people from many walks of life, including, but not limited…

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Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen (R) shaking hands with Myanmar military chief Min Aung Hlaing (L) during a dinner in Naypyidaw. An Khoun SamAun / National Television of Cambodia (TVK) / AFP

Hun Sen’s trip to Myanmar cut short while meeting with unhappy locals

On January 7th, 2022, Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen became the first national leader to visit Myanmar’s junta chief, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing. Before Hun Sen even set foot…

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This handout photo taken and released by National Television of Cambodia (TVK) on January 7, 2022 shows Myanmar military chief Min Aung Hlaing waving as he meets with Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen in Naypyidaw. (Photo by An Khoun SamAun / National Television of Cambodia (TVK) / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – MANDATORY CREDIT “AFP PHOTO / National Television of Cambodia (TVK) ” – NO MARKETING – NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS – DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Myanmar’s junta invites resistance forces to join ceasefire talks

The military junta in Naypyidaw has asked the country’s resistance forces to join ceasefire talks and to work together to deliver effective humanitarian assistance to the needy people of Myanmar….

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Protesters hold banners as they take part in a demonstration against the military coup in Yangon December 5, 2021. (Photo by AFP)

Tumultuous 2021 for Myanmar

Myanmar, a nation which was much touted to be the final frontier of South East Asia for its underdeveloped and unexplored industries, experienced a tumultuous 2021. The coup The nation…

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Karen refugees moved further from the border as fighting intensifies in Myanmar

All the Karen refugees being sheltered at a Thai school in Mae Tao sub-district, in the western province of Tak, have been moved further inland, to a village in Mahawan…

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Myanmar airstrikes displace more people along Thai-Myanmar border

BANGKOK, Dec 24 (Reuters) – Myanmar’s military carried out more airstrikes on a rebel-controlled area near the Thai border, the rebel group said on Friday, in the latest escalation of…

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FILE – Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi waits to address judges of the International Court of Justice on the second day of three days of hearings in The Hague, Netherlands on Dec. 11, 2019. Myanmar court on Monday, Dec. 6, 2021 sentenced ousted leader Suu Kyi to 4 years for incitement, breaking virus restrictions. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)

Myanmar court sentences ousted leader Suu Kyi to 4 years

BANGKOK (AP) — A special court in Myanmar’s capital sentenced the country’s ousted leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, to four years in prison on Monday after finding her guilty of…

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Model, actor and singer Paing Takhon wears a traditional Chinese outfit while holding a sign during a demonstration against the military coup in front of the Chinese embassy in Yangon on February 11, 2021. (Photo by AFP)

Dissident actor has no expectation of release from Myanmar prison

Of the many artists and entertainers arrested in the months following the February coup in Myanmar, one of the best-known faces is the rising star Paing Takhon.  A model, an…

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Cryptocurrency, a beacon of hope in Myanmar’s politics

“Cryptocurrency” is technical jargon and gibberish to many people, even in this modern age of technological innovation. While it seemed far more mystical when Bitcoin, the progenitor of encrypted peer-to-peer…

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The first organic skincare brand in Myanmar

Myanmar is a country which has been plagued by troubles throughout its history, but it prospered quickly after the 2015 election, which saw the first democratically elected government come into…

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Newly-released prisoners wave from a bus as they depart the Insein Prison in Yangon on October 18, 2021, after authorities announced more than 5,000 people jailed for protesting against a February coup. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Myanmar’s military releases prisoners, retracts court cases following ASEAN decision

Myanmar’s junta government has decided to release prisoners and cancel arrest warrants issued against thousands of people just days after ASEAN announced that it will exclude Myanmar’s representative from future…

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Kyaw Moe Tun in an interview with NHK at the UN mission in New York. (Photo by NHK)

Myanmar’s envoy to UN vows to continue and seek support for democratization of the country

Myanmar’s envoy to the United Nations, Ambassador Kyaw Moe Tun, has vowed to continue in the post and to carry on seeking international support for democratization of his home country….

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A shopkeeper counts the Myanmar kyat currency at his shop in Pazontaung market in Yangon. (Photo by Ye Aung THU / AFP)

Myanmar’s economy has plunged even deeper into a recession pit

As the political turmoil continues to wreak havoc in Myanmar, the economy has plunged into an even deeper recession. By September 29th, the exchange rate was 3,000 Kyat to the…

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(Photo by Sai Aung Main / AFP)

Myanmar Report: Death of the independent press

Since the February 1st military coup, led by the Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and the Tatmadaw (military), Myanmar had endured a great deal of turmoil. Several journalists have been…

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A protester holds the National League for Democracy (NLD) flag during a flash mob demonstration against the military coup in Yangon on June 25, 2021. STR / AFP

Myanmar’s NLD expects to retain its UN credentials

The United Nations is likely to retain the credentials of the permanent representative of Myanmar’s National League of Democracy (NLD), as the military regime in Naypyidaw will not challenge it,…

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(Photo by David Tun)

Myanmar Report: Going back to the drawing board – Myanmar’s first ever full-range hobby store

When the country of Myanmar first truly opened up to the outside world in 2015, many there were exposed to global trends for the first time. While many became hooked…

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Thai arms manufacturer denies involvement in plot against Myanmar’s UN envoy

A leading Thai arms manufacturer Chaiseri Metal and Rubber Co has denied any connection with an arms dealer alleged to be involved in an assassination attempt against Myanmar Ambassador to…

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This screengrab of handout video made available on the United Nations’ YouTube channel shows Myanmar’s ambassador to the UN Kyaw Moe Tun making a three-finger salute as he addresses an informal meeting of the United Nations General Assembly on February 26, 2021 in New York. (Photo by – / UNITED NATIONS / AFP)

Assassination plot against UN Ambassador to Myanmar linked to arms dealer in Thailand

A plot to assassinate UN Ambassador to Myanmar Kyaw Moe Tun has been foiled with two men already detained. The attempt allegedly also involved an arms dealer in Thailand. Court…

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In this file photo taken on June 14, 2021, Protesters prepare to burn the flag of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) grouping, as they take part in a flash mob demonstration against the military coup in Yangon. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Myanmar’s junta accepts ASEAN’s Special Envoy selection, meeting with Suu Kyi rumored

Myanmar’s military issued an announcement, hours after Erywan Yusof’s appointment, that Myanmar accepts the selection by ASEAN of the Special Envoy to Myanmar. The diplomat is also to handle ASEAN…

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In this July 14, 2021, file photo, people wearing face masks wait as caskets with bodies are queued outside a crematorium at the Yay Way cemetery in Yangon, Myanmar. (AP Photo, File)

Help Myanmar Fight Pandemic and You Help Yourselves, Expert Tells Asean

Myanmar could turn into the global epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic unless neighboring countries and international organizations adopt pragmatic strategies to inoculate high-risk groups of people to stop the spread of…

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A boy walks on a bamboo bridge by his home in a poor community on the outskirts of Yangon. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Undoing Reform: The Hidden Costs of the Coup in Myanmar

Six months after the February 1st coup, Myanmar remains conflict-ridden as anti-coup protests continue and armed civilian militia proliferate. What is following the political crisis is an economic one, with…

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Myanmar Report: COVID-19 festers in Myanmar amidst coup woes

Amidst the political and economic turmoil, brought on by the military coup in February, Myanmar is facing yet another threat. Cases of COVID-19 have increased rapidly since May 27th, averaging…

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Protesters holding National League for Democracy (NLD) flags and raising three-finger salutes shout slogans during flash protests against the military coup at Bahan township in Yangon, Myanmar, Friday, June 25, 2021. (AP Photo)

Myanmar Journal: Fake social media accounts spring up to spread false information in Myanmar

June 24 – Suddenly, there are many new accounts, disguised as both established media and general users, appearing on social media platforms, such as Facebook, spreading false information. One piece…

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They turn militia when hope was lost and the killing began

What started as a largely bloodless attempt by the Tatmadaw (military) to take the reins of power in the nation, on its “correct” path, due to alleged voting fraud committed…

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FILE – In this file photo provided by Bryan Fenster shows his brother Danny Fenster in September of 2019 in Kraków, Poland. Fenster, the American journalist in Myanmar detained in May 2021, by authorities, made an appearance Thursday, June 17, 2021, in a special court in the prison where he is being held, his employer, online news and business magazine Frontier Myanmar, said. (Photo courtesy Byron Fenster via AP, File)

Myanmar extends detention of US journalist Danny Fenster

(AP) — A court in Myanmar extended the detention of American journalist Danny Fenster for another two weeks on Thursday, while the U.S. State Department urged that it be granted…

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Students wait outside classrooms in Sittwe, capital of western Rakhine State on June 1, 2021. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Myanmar Report: Schools reopen amidst political conflict and COVID-19 outbreak

Basic education schools across Myanmar finally reopened on June 1st, after closing due to the COVID-19 pandemic last year, followed by the coup in February. While critics say the forced…

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Myanmarese residents in Japan and supporters protest against the military takeover, outside the Fukuda Denshi Arena where the Asian qualification soccer match between Myanmar and Japan for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 is held, in Chiba, east of Tokyo, Friday, May 28, 2021. The placard reads “Myanmar soccer team does not represent the country.”(Kyodo News via AP)

Myanmar Journal: “The laws of an illegitimate government mean nothing”

(by David Tun in Yangon) The coverage on this live blog has ended — for up-to-date coverage on the Myanmar protest, visit the June Myanmar Journal. May 29 – As the…

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In this April 1, 2021 photo provided by Dawei Watch news outlet, a man raises his hand with a clenched fist as he carries the coffin of 17-year old Kyaw Min Latt during a funeral procession in Dawei, Myanmar. Since the military seized control of Myanmar in a takeover on Feb. 1, more than 825 people have been killed _ well over two times the official tally _ according to watchdog group Assistance Association for Political Prisoners. (Dawei Watch via AP)

73 Children Killed by Myanmar Junta Forces Since Coup

At least 73 children were killed by regime forces across Myanmar from Feb. 15 to May. 15, according to the Ministry of Human Rights of the National Unity Government (NUG)….

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Myoma band members on a vehicle greet water festival revelers in Mandalay in 2018. / The Irrawaddy

Beloved Myanmar Band Tarnishes Reputation by Playing for Junta Leaders

Just four years before its centenary, the longest surviving music band in Myanmar, Myoma Music Band, has found itself losing its reputation as the most prestigious band in the country….

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Myanmar Report: Forget COVID-19 and line up from 4am for minutes with the ATMs

YANGON – Three months after the February 1st coup, by the Tatmadaw (military), Yangon is seeing a new kind of large gathering. While anti-coup protests persist, lethal crackdowns, with hundreds…

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People use their mobile phones to check the connection an internet shop in Naypyidaw. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Myanmar Journal: The internet resumes to encourage more use of online banking services

(by David Tun in Yangon) The coverage on this live blog has ended — for up-to-date coverage on the Myanmar protest, visit the May Myanmar Journal. April 28 – Myanmar’s…

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Protesters hold up the three finger salute as they take part in a demonstration against the military coup in Tarmwe township in Yangon on April 26, 2021. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Myanmar Report: The actual result of the ASEAN summit will be found in Myanmar

While the international community watches ASEAN and the actions of the junta closely over the upcoming weeks, many in Myanmar do not believe that the ASEAN five-point consensus will be…

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Anti-coup protesters hold a banner as they march along a street in Yangon, Myanmar, Saturday, April 24, 2021. (AP Photo)

Myanmar Report: ASEAN five-point consensus and the reality of the people of Myanmar

Despite Indonesia being adamant that the invitation of Senior General Min Aung Hlaing to the ASEAN summit is not, and should not be seen as any form of legitimization of…

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Police march past a billboard related to stopping the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus as protesters gather for a demonstration against the military coup in Yangon. (Photo by YE AUNG THU / AFP)

Myanmar Report: Coup cripples economy and new COVID-19 wave could potentially kill it

As Myanmar grapples with the immediate consequences of the military coup, the dangers of the COVID-19 epidemic have been largely been forgotten. Now, however, COVID-19’s third wave is hitting neighbouring…

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Members of the medical community hold up the three finger salute at the funeral of Khant Nyar Hein at his funeral in Yangon on March 16, 2021, after the first year medical student was shot dead during a crackdown by security forces on protesters taking part in a demonstration against the military coup. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Myanmar Report: “They want students to be stupid”

It is now over 2 months since Myanmar’s military coup on February 1st, ousting the elected civilian government, led by State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi. Over 700 people have…

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In this file photo taken on March 12, 2021, protesters hold up the three-finger salute and placards with the image of detained civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi while using their mobile torches during a demonstration against the military coup in Yangon.(Photo by STR / AFP)

Myanmar Journal: Another charge for Suu Kyi, just before the annual Thingyan

(by David Tun in Yangon) The coverage on this live blog has ended — for up-to-date coverage on the Myanmar protest, visit the 16 -30 April Myanmar Journal. April 12…

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This handout from Free Burma Rangers taken on March 29, 2021 and received on March 30, 2021 shows a Karen villager carrying a boy, injured during air strikes in the area following the February military coup, while taking shelter in a jungle near Day Pu No in Hpa-pun in eastern Myanmar’s Karen state. (Photo by Handout / Free Burma Rangers / AFP)

Myanmar Journal: Ethnic armed forces coalition asks junta to stop the crackdown

(by David Tun in Yangon) The coverage on this live blog has ended — for up-to-date coverage on the Myanmar protest, visit the April Myanmar Journal. March 30 – A…

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Myanmar’s Commander-in-Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing presides an army parade on Armed Forces Day in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Saturday, March 27, 2021. (AP Photo)

Myanmar Report: The coup and the use of all weapons possible

When it comes to Myanmar’s military, under the leadership of its commander-in-chief Min Aung Hlaing, it is no surprise that religious and other superstitious beliefs play a big role in…

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Commander-in-Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing reviews the troops during an army parade on Armed Forces Day in Naypyitaw, Saturday, Myanmar, March 27, 2021. (AP Photo)

Myanmar Report: Armed Forces Day sees bloodiest crackdown

As Myanmar’s military (Tatmadaw) celebrates its annual Armed Forces Day, anti-coup protestors across the country are steadily being slaughtered. By midday, at least 20 have been killed in places like…

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A man uses his mobile phone to check Facebook in Naypyidaw on March 16, 2021, as Myanmar authorities ordered telecommunication companies to restrict their services on the mobile data networks, following the February 1 military coup. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Myanmar Report: Fueling the fear and division, it all began with the internet cuts

Digital communication has become a key factor in the anti-coup movement in Myanmar, using social media applications, from the most popular platforms like Facebook to more secure messaging apps. It…

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A protester holds onto the shirt of a fallen comrade, during a crackdown by security forces on demonstrations against the military coup, in Hlaing Tharyar township in Yangon on March 14, 2021. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Myanmar Journal: Doctors and medics struggle to save lives while the death toll could well pass 150

(by David Tun in Yangon) The coverage on this live blog has ended — for up-to-date coverage on the Myanmar protest, visit the March Myanmar Journal. March 14 – It…

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The Htamain Revolution

In hub cities of Myanmar, like Yangon and Mandalay, women young and old were seen leading protests from the front, even raising their traditional sarongs (Htamain) on poles as flags…

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Social Punishment and Civil Disobedience, the weapons of Myanmar people

In the ongoing conflicts between military and the anti-coup protesters, the civilians have two main weapons; the Civil Disobedience Movement (CDM) and Social Punishment (SP). While the CDM is aimed…

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Protesters run after police fired tear gas to disperse them during a demonstration against the military coup in Yangon on February 28, 2021. (Photo by Sai Aung Main / AFP)

Myanmar Journal: Sunday saw some protestors fight back, enraged by images of the indiscriminate killings and arrests

Daily round-up of the latest events in Myanmar by ThaiPBS World correspondent David Tun. The coverage on this live blog has ended — for up-to-date coverage on the Myanmar protest,…

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The left-handed pen

As international pressure increases, the coup installed government of Myanmar, led by Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, has ordered the news media to submit to reporting the military’s propaganda, while…

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Social media resistance

Across the South-East-Asian nation, millions have marched against military dictatorship. Both private and public workers have engaged in the Civil Disobedience Movement (CDM), in an attempt to shake the military…

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People take part in a demonstration against the February 1 military coup, along a street in the town of Muse in Shan state, near the China-Myanmar border on February 8, 2021. STR / AFP

The Good, the bad and China

Despite its involvement in the UN Security Council meeting that issued a call for the release of those detained during the coup, the Chinese government may as well have sent…

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