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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The Civil Disobedience Movement has shuttered hospitals and crippled the COVID-19 response, but striking medics say military rule is far worse for the nation’s health.
Three protesters killed in North Okkalapa on March 3 received an emotional farewell at Yangon’s Yayway Cemetery, with more than 500 mourners chanting slogans and giving the three-finger salute.
Despite the junta’s threats of reprisals, the Civil Disobedience Movement keeps growing by the day and its members are set on a near-total shutdown of government.
"It's better to shoot us all dead here than send us to Burma, where we will be rained with bullets anyway," said one of the detained refugees.
Despite threats from the regime and a lack of secure channels, groups in Myanmar and overseas have lent massive support to striking public servants in the Civil Disobedience Movement.
Indian police said nine people, including three police defectors, crossed into Mizoram state on on March 3, the day that saw the highest death toll in Myanmar since police began cracking down on protests. Local media there have reported another 20 have crossed since.
Thousands turned out in Mandalay today for the funeral of 19-year-old Ma Kyal Sin, who was gunned down at a protest on the streets of Myanmar's second largest city yesterday.