Recent construction on militarised islands off Myanmar has sent the media into a tizzy, but despite rampant speculation, experts say it’s unlikely China is behind it, though India may still have cause for concern.
Following the devastation of Cyclone Mocha, the Arakan Army says it will work with the military regime to help people in Rakhine, but that cooperative spirit appears to be one-sided, with the junta still facing accusations of holding up aid for political purposes.
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The junta has not yet arrested journalists en masse, shut down media houses or re-imposed censorship, but Myanmar’s media workers are bracing for the worst.
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Keep tuning in for full coverage from the Frontier team as we report on ongoing demonstrations and strikes across the country against the coup, and the military government's response.
Despite an internet blackout, protests spread through urban centres and small towns alike, calling for the release of detained leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and a return to representative government. Protests are expected to continue Monday.
The National League for Democracy has promised to support any workers fired for opposing the coup, as thousands of government staff and students join a growing civil disobedience campaign.
Staff at state hospitals and medical departments are reporting harassment from their bosses and police scrutiny for joining a growing strike to oppose military rule.
Activists have long called for the Japanese beer giant to cut ties to a military accused of committing genocide; the February 1 coup appears to have forced its hand.
National League for Democracy patron Win Htein has been vocal in his opposition to the coup since it was launched on February 1. Party officials have confirmed he was arrested just after midnight on February 5.
Around 70 MPs took an oath of office to serve their constituents despite the February 1 military coup, in a move that could escalate tensions with Senior General Min Aung Hlaing’s new regime.