Ethnic armed groups in Shan State have long used intimidation to recruit fighters, but the brutal tactics of the Shan State Progress Party are terrorizing villagers and prompting some to flee their homes.
Journalists went to Nay Pyi Taw expecting to cover the opening of Myanmar’s national parliament following the November election; instead, they experienced an intense and confusing few days grappling with the fallout of a military coup.
Tech experts, rights groups, and citizens worry the junta's lightning-quick moves to shutdown and censor the internet will make Myanmar as cut-off as during the previous military regime. No one knows the military's endgame.
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.