Sagaing Region residents equipped with single-shot traditional rifles known as “tumi guns” – and in some cases more modern weaponry – are resisting security forces’ attempts to crush anti-coup protests.
The fallout from the February 1 coup has left the economy reeling, with far-reaching disruption to businesses and an inability to plan for the future. Frontier spoke to six business leaders on the steps they are taking to survive and what needs to happen for Myanmar to avoid economic calamity.
A Frontier reporter who was shot on March 27 recounts the growing brutality of security forces in Myanmar’s second-largest city and their efforts to stop anyone trying to document their bloody crackdowns.
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.