Nyan Linn Htet is a journalist based in Tachileik in Myanmar's eastern Shan State. He has been working as a journalist since 2013. His reporting on eastern Shan State appears regularly in MeKong News and other mainstream media in Myanmar.
A coronavirus outbreak in Tachileik has shone a rare spotlight on border-based hotels, KTVs and casinos with links to powerful armed groups, whose open flouting of pandemic restrictions has put Myanmar and Thailand in danger.
The Kayin State Border Guard Force has come under intense pressure from the Tatmadaw over its extensive, controversial business interests and there’s concern the ultimatum could trigger fresh hostilities in one of the country’s most war-torn areas.