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Mobile money agents and informal brokers have been meeting the demand for cash at a time when banks are severely limiting withdrawals, but some accuse them of profiteering by charging steep fees.
When the killing of defiant protesters began in Myanmar earlier this year, it prompted an evacuee from Beijing after Tiananmen to recall a sign in a Hong Kong jewellery shop 32 years ago.
More than 10,000 people displaced by heavy fighting at Mindat in Chin State are marooned in camps and forests, cut off from most sources of relief as the annual rains begin.
Three Myanmar journalists who illegally entered Thailand to flee a military crackdown have been fined and could face deportation, although their lawyers have appealed the court decision.
Although few striking civil servants have returned to work, many in the Civil Disobedience Movement are starting to waver because of intimidation, legal threats and a lack of financial support.