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.
Sagaing Region residents equipped with single-shot traditional rifles known as “tumi guns” – and in some cases more modern weaponry – are resisting security forces’ attempts to crush anti-coup protests.
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Democratic Party (Myanmar) leader U Thu Wai is used to fighting uneven fights. In the 2010 election he unexpectedly lost in Yangon’s Mingalar Taung Nyunt, when pre-votes in favor of then Minister of Labour U Aung Kyi suddenly appeared after midnight. In Sunday’s election he had to battle it out with a National League for Democracy opponent.