An escalation in fighting between the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army and the Tatmadaw near the town of Mong Ko on the China border has emptied villages, while inflaming longstanding tensions over who controls the area.
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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.
At about 4 am Friday, an attacker hurled a Molotov cocktail at the National League for Democracy headquarters in Yangon, causing a brief fire that was put "under control" within an hour, a party official said.
Frustrated by the disruptive success of the Civil Disobedience Movement, the military regime has resorted to legal threats and forced evictions in an attempt to coerce striking civil servants back to work – but it doesn’t seem to be working.
The Central Bank of Myanmar has started issuing weekly fines ranging from K2 million to K30 million to local private banks that continue to keep branches shut, as reopening slowly gathers pace.
As people crowded onto streets to chant down military rule, the Civil Disobedience Movement quietly dismantled the junta’s ability to test, treat, and inoculate against the coronavirus; many call that a success.
The Karen National Union said it expects as many as 7,000 to flee to its territory along the border with Thailand in the next month, where it says hundreds of activists and MPs have already decamped to since the February 1 coup.
A senior official at Insein Prison said 360 men and 268 women were released from the Yangon facility on Wednesday, the same day a "silent strike" against military rule closed down shops and quieted the streets of cities across the country.