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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Frontier meets the young men and women at the head of protest columns, who have improvised new methods and tools in response to escalating police and army violence.
Special rapporteur Thomas Andrews said Myanmar is now being "controlled by a murderous, illegal regime", and that it urgently needs "the help of the international community, now."
A growing boycott campaign is calling on the public to refuse to pay commercial and income tax, and to stop buying lottery tickets, but the government’s tax chief has dismissed its potential impact.
Street protesters are using women’s clothing and even sanitary products to deter police and soldiers, weaponising the outdated belief that they can lessen a man’s power.
The eviction ended an early-morning raid in Yangon on staff housing where most workers had joined the Civil Disobedience Movement, and who now say they have nowhere to go.
The young activists were arrested at an anti-coup march on March 3 and are presumed to be being held without charge at Insein Prison, but authorities are refusing to give answers.
The Civil Disobedience Movement has shuttered hospitals and crippled the COVID-19 response, but striking medics say military rule is far worse for the nation’s health.
Three protesters killed in North Okkalapa on March 3 received an emotional farewell at Yangon’s Yayway Cemetery, with more than 500 mourners chanting slogans and giving the three-finger salute.