Pro-military Facebook accounts are seeking to drive a wedge between ethnic armed groups and civilian resistance with disinformation, but are struggling to break the unity of the anti-coup opposition.
Security forces are increasingly arresting the family members of activists who are on the run – effectively holding them hostage without charge.
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As authorities resort to nightly internet shutdowns, customers are urging internet providers to speak out against the junta’s directives – and offer refunds.
The Tatmadaw underestimated the social forces that are coming together to resist the coup, and it will ruin the country and itself if it fails to negotiate a way out of its own mess.
Keep tuning in for full coverage from the Frontier team as we report on ongoing demonstrations and strikes across the country against the February 1 coup, and the military government’s response.
In late January, a Frontier reporter travelled to a remote, conflict-hit area of Bago Region to cover the distribution of relief items to Karen IDPs.
Among the throngs of demonstrators on the streets over the past couple weeks have been savvy street entrepreneurs selling revolutionary merch and inspired artisans and samaritans offering alms to protesters.
Journalists went to Nay Pyi Taw expecting to cover the opening of Myanmar’s national parliament following the November election; instead, they experienced an intense and confusing few days grappling with the fallout of a military coup.
A new Central Bank deputy governor has lashed out at protesters and bank staff who have joined the Civil Disobedience Movement and forced private banks to close their branches, and claimed the military regime is “doing its best” and should be given more time.