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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Striking truck drivers, bureaucrats and bank workers have brought international trade through Yangon’s ports to a standstill, with exports estimated to be down as much as 90 percent since February 1.
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Street protesters are using women’s clothing and even sanitary products to deter police and soldiers, weaponising the outdated belief that they can lessen a man’s power.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.