The participation of tens of thousands of government medical personnel in the Civil Disobedience Movement has created gaps in healthcare that striking doctors and colleagues working at private hospitals are struggling to fill.
Despite the dangers, protesters in the Sagaing Region capital say they will keep hitting the streets – to send a strong message to the people, the junta and the world, and to honour fallen comrades.
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Selangor FC II player Hein Htet Aung was given a one-match ban for flashing a three-finger salute during a game earlier this month.
Soldiers and police are terrorising a majority-Muslim ward in Dawbon Township and there are indications that they may be singling it out because of the faith of its residents.
A boycott of the state lottery launched after the February 1 coup has been so effective that the draw has twice been postponed, but it has also left distributors and retailers with millions of unsold tickets.
With Myanmar's legal economy tanking following weeks of nationwide unrest and strike action against the military's government takeover, the United Nations warns of a coming deluge of illicit, cross-border trade.
A monitoring group says security forces have killed close to 90 people across the country, including several children, in what is being described as "a new low" for the regime.
The military regime has struggled to achieve international recognition since taking control of Myanmar, and it said that only eight international delegations attended Saturday's event, including China and Russia.
A University of Oslo sociologist called the Civil Disobedience Movement an exemplary response to the military's power grab that could "inspire other non-violent pro-democracy movements elsewhere at a time when democracy is under pressure from authoritarian forces".
"So many people die in Myanmar by the guns of the military," Han Lay, who is in Bangkok competing for the Miss Grand International crown, told Thai media. "Please save us," she called to the world.