File photo : Students return home from school in Tachilek, Myanmar.//Photo by United Nations

Myanmar junta plans October national census

Yangon, Myanmar – A top Myanmar general has called for a national census to take place in October, state media reported Tuesday, even as swathes of the country remain outside the…

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Members of the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA) walking past a Myanmar military base after seizing it during clashes near Laukkaing township in Myanmar’s northern Shan state on October 28, 2023//Photo: AFP

Myanmar ethnic minority fighters clash with military on major trade route

Yangon, Myanmar –  Ethnic minority fighters clashed with Myanmar’s military on a major trade route to Thailand on Friday, blocking traffic and sending people fleeing, residents and local media said.  Fighters…

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The Ta’ang National Liberation Army

Myanmar military says lost control of strategic border town

Yangon, Myanmar – Myanmar’s military has lost control of a strategic northern town on the Chinese border following days of clashes with three ethnic armed groups, a junta spokesman said. Fighting…

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Multiple attacks on security forces in Yangon Friday night

A group of armed anti-military forces announced that they carried out attacks on six locations on Friday night, July 5th. The group, supposedly a coalition of urban guerrillas, led by…

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Attacks and explosions reported in tightly controlled Yangon and Nay Pyi Taw

Two simultaneous attacks were reported in Myanmar’s capital and military-government stronghold Nay Pyi Taw and in the economic hub of Yangon on June 13th. The Nay Pyi Taw incident was…

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People celebrate with water during the Myanmar’s New Year water festival, locally known as Thingyan, in Yangon on April 13, 2023. STR / AFP

COVID-19 and coup could have changed Thingyan forever

Two years after the COVID-19 lockdowns, Myanmar’s traditional New Year celebration, called Thingyan, has changed in Yangon. Perhaps the most notable time of year in Myanmar, if not also the…

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Myanmar government prepares for ‘Union Day’ celebrations

Preparations can be seen in Myanmar’s economic hub of Yangon, for the upcoming Union Day on February 12th. Soldiers were seen on patrol in their vehicles and posted at major…

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The scene at Pathein Prison in Myanmar’s Ayeyarwady region after prison guards killed one inmate and injured more than 60 on Jan. 6, 2023.

Prisoner killed, dozens wounded in Myanmar jail riot: junta

A prisoner was killed and more than 60 wounded after a riot broke out at a Myanmar prison west of Yangon, the junta said on Saturday. Myanmar has been in chaos since Aung San…

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Ferry vessel bombed in Yangon

A bomb went off at 6.45pm on December 18th on the busy “Cherry” ferry that transports commuters between Dala Township and the downtown Pansodan Port in Yangon. A passenger on…

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Military interrogation centres in Yangon attacked

Two Myanmar military interrogation centres were bombed on October 12th, local news media reported. One was in Hlaing Township, on Bayintnaung Road, better known as the No.1 Bayintnaung Interrogation camp….

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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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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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One killed, nine injured by explosion in Myanmar’s Yangon on Tuesday

An explosion was reported in downtown Yangon yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon, injuring at least 10 civilians, one of whom died en route to hospital. According to eye witnesses and local news…

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ASEAN special envoy Prak to meet Ko Ko Gyi, UN representatives in Yangon

On the second day of their three-day visit to Myanmar, the ASEAN special envoy and delegates are scheduled to meet with selected stakeholders in Yangon today (Tuesday), according to a…

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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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Myanmar junta leader admits not in full control of country

Leader of Myanmar’s military junta Gen Min Aung Hlaing has admitted that he didn’t expect to see huge popular opposition to his rule and acknowledged that more than three months…

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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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Part of a library for orphaned children built out of eco bricks, or soft drink bottles stuffed tightly with plastic waste, in Yangon. (Photo by – / AFPTV / AFP)

Eco brick library for Myanmar orphans faces delays

A humble library for orphans in Yangon, built of recycled plastic waste, stands empty without books or archives. It was supposed to start welcoming young readers earlier this year, but…

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This screengrab from Hantarwadi Media video footage taken on April 9, 2021 and provided to AFPTV shows a protester setting off fireworks from behind a makeshift barricade while a man at left holds a homemade rifle in a clash with security forces during a crackdown on demonstrations against the military coup in Bago. (Photo by Handout / various sources / AFP)

The more delay, the bigger chance of a great civil war: NUG

A cry for help – Prevent civil war and restore human rights by officially recognizing us, Myanmar’s pro-democracy government pleads Myanmar’s pro-democracy unity government is urging the international community and…

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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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Protesters hold signs in support of the National Unity Government (NUG) during a demonstration against the military coup in Yangon’s Sanchaung township on April 27, 2021. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Myanmar unity government tells ASEAN no talks until prisoners freed

Myanmar’s pro-democracy unity government, formed to oppose the military junta that seized power nearly three months ago, on Wednesday ruled out talks on the crisis until all political prisoners are…

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Over 23,000 Myanmar prisoners granted amnesty, political activists included

Over 23,000 prisoners across Myanmar were granted amnesty and released on April 17th, the first day of the traditional New Year, including former student political activists. The state-owned MRTV reported…

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In this file photo taken on February 11, 2021, 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. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Myanmar actor arrested as junta hunts 120 celebrities

A leading Myanmar actor, singer and model who has backed the country’s anti-coup protests was arrested on Thursday, reports said, as the junta hunts more than 100 celebrities for supporting…

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Gandamar Wholesale (photo by David Tun)

Military-affiliated malls burned down in Yangon, suspected to be inside-job

Two department stores in Yangon burned down during the early hours of the morning of April 1st.  One was the Ruby Mart, located on Bogyoke Road in Kyauktadar Township, and another was…

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Onlookers watch as a bus ferrying coup detainees is driven out from Insein prison in Yangon on March 24, 2021, where they had been held for taking part in demonstrations against the military coup. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Myanmar junta frees 600 detainees including AP photographer

Myanmar freed more than 600 coup detainees on Wednesday, including an Associated Press photographer arrested while covering rallies, following fresh outrage over brutal crackdowns on protesters. The regime has unleashed…

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Anti-coup protesters abandon their makeshift barricade and run as policemen charge in Yangon, Myanmar, Friday, March 19, 2021. (AP Photos)

BBC journalist ‘missing’ as junta crackdown triggers Yangon exodus

A Burmese journalist with the BBC’s Myanmar language news service went “missing” on Friday, as civilians fled the coup-hit country’s largest city after the junta’s deadly crackdown on dissent. Myanmar…

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Protesters stand near makeshift barricades during demonstrations against the military coup in Yangon on March 15, 2021. (Photo by STR / AFP)

At least 20 dead in Myanmar crackdown, and more than 150 reportedly killed since coup

At least 20 people were killed in Myanmar on Monday after another day of unrest and protests against the junta, a local monitoring group said. While the United Nations said…

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A protester holds a poster with an image of detained civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi during a candlelight vigil to honour those who have died during demonstrations against the military coup in Yangon on March 13, 2021. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Suu Kyi to face court after bloodiest day in Myanmar

Myanmar’s ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi was set to appear in court on Monday, after dozens of people were killed in the bloodiest day since a military coup…

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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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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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Protesters hold up the three finger salute and banners as they march through a market area during a demonstration against the military coup in Yangon on February 7, 2021. (Photo by Ye Aung THU / AFP)

Thousands rally in Yangon against Myanmar coup

Thousands rallied against the Myanmar coup in Yangon Sunday, as an internet blackout failed to quash outrage over the military’s power grab from elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi. It…

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Chinese President Xi Jinping and Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi shake hands during a welcoming ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Naypyidaw on January 17, 2020.

Embassy protest plan banned as President Xi meets Myanmar leaders

YANGON (Reuters) – Myanmar authorities have rejected a plan by a group of protestors to rally in front of the Chinese Embassy in Yangon to oppose “exploitation of natural resources”…

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Students and activists gathers during a ceremony to mark the 30th anniversary of the 8888 uprising in front of city hall in Yangon on Wednesday.

30 years after uprising, Myanmar activists continue with struggle

By Kyaw Phyo Tha, The Irrawaddy YANGON — Prominent student leaders of the 1988 uprising stressed that Myanmar’s political achievements to date were only a partial victory and called for…

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