With commercialism and escapism fuelling the domestic art scene, and exhibitions abroad trying to recapture the spirit of post-coup protests, many in Myanmar are deprived of work that reflects their new reality.
A charity group has responded to the military’s brutal arson campaign in Sagaing Region by building palm huts for those who lost their houses, but it’s struggling to keep up with the rate of devastation.
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Junta chief Min Aung Hlaing arrived in the Indonesian capital today for crisis talks with Southeast Asian leaders, in his first foreign trip since the February 1 coup.
Working class communities may have been among the hardest hit by the coup, but despite their struggles many remain determined to see the military overthrown.
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.
Ruthless crackdowns, including mass arrests, have largely quelled protests in Myanmar’s capital, but the regime has struggled to crush the spirit of the Civil Disobedience Movement despite prosecuting leading members.
As junta forces increasingly refuse to return the bodies of those they've slain, the pain of grieving families is being exacerbated by uncertainty.