While most people living in junta-controlled cities like Mandalay and Yangon have begun paying their electricity bills, a fierce boycott continues in resistance strongholds across Sagaing and Magway regions.
Growing international condemnation, including new sanctions on the two largest military conglomerates in Myanmar, have done little to quell the regime's deadly crackdown on a shape-shifting pro-democracy movement.
Frustrated by the disruptive success of the Civil Disobedience Movement, the military regime has resorted to legal threats and forced evictions in an attempt to coerce striking civil servants back to work – but it doesn’t seem to be working.
As people crowded onto streets to chant down military rule, the Civil Disobedience Movement quietly dismantled the junta’s ability to test, treat, and inoculate against the coronavirus; many call that a success.
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.