Political prisoners across Myanmar have continued to express dissent from inside, often with violent consequences, as tensions simmer with prison officials.
Resistance forces have humiliated coup leader Min Aung Hlaing but victory may require a lengthy struggle, and society must stay resilient in the meantime.
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Local defence forces armed with homemade guns are inflicting heavy blows on the Tatmadaw, but some groups worry how long they can hold out without greater support from the National Unity Government.
Dozens of members of the junta’s security forces were killed on May 23, fighters in a civilian resistance group said, amid heavy fighting in Kayah and southern Shan states.
More expensive inputs, declining crop prices and a possible dearth of affordable credit could push millions of farmers into destitution and debt.
Senior General Min Aung Hlaing added that the regime wants to establish a “federal state based on multi-party democracy” within a year but mooted a further six-month extension of the state of emergency.
Union Election Commission chair Thein Soe told a meeting of political parties on Friday that National League for Democracy leaders could also be prosecuted as “traitors to the nation”.
Japanese journalist and former Insein detainee Yuki Kitazumi says he hopes "the power of the Japanese government that got me released will be used for people in Myanmar".
To secure international support and an inclusive future, the National Unity Government must pledge to defend the rights of everyone in the country – including the Rohingya.
A Chinland Defence Force spokesperson said the group had retreated into the forest in the Chin State township after days of Tatmadaw bombardment, but would “come back to attack soon”.