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 Tatmadaw spokesperson said he's "sad" over the deaths of pro-democracy protesters slain by his military, but also called them "terrorist people", as more nations pile on sanctions over what the UN said may constitute "crimes against humanity".
Despite ever-growing violence from police and soldiers, an alliance of monks, youth and workers continues to gather each day to demand democracy while keeping its members largely safe.
Bankers say they are facing threats of nationalisation or forced reopening as the military regime grapples with an industry-wide strike, but a lack of physical cash also looms as a potential crisis point.
It was the latest of three fires to hit the cramped and squalid camps in the last four days, sending some 20,000 fleeing, officials said.
The $1.5 billion hydropower dam, the Shan State-based Shweli-3 project, was a 671-megawatt project in Shan State that was still in its early stages of development.
Residents say life has become too terrifying to stay in Yangon, where martial law has been declared over six townships and police and soldiers have begun pulling people from their homes and forcing them to clear roads at gunpoint.
Despite a bloody crackdown in the Yangon factory suburb and a max exodus of migrant workers, residents say they will continue their protests until the military is overthrown.