The coup is worsening the long-standing tendency to judge cultural output – and film in particular – based on moral convictions.
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The image of Myanmar’s police has sunk to new lows due to brutal crackdowns on protesters, but some insiders have blamed much of the violence on soldiers and paramilitary thugs masquerading as police.
With bullets, beatings and arrests, the junta is trying to scare volunteer rescue workers from treating its victims, and are breaking international humanitarian law to do it, charity groups say.
As junta forces increasingly refuse to return the bodies of those they've slain, the pain of grieving families is being exacerbated by uncertainty.
A boycott launched in the wake of the February 1 coup has caused sales of Myanmar Beer to plummet – and may even have wiped US$1 billion off the value of its military-linked parent company.