Trapped in an economic mess of its own making, Myanmar’s military regime is seeking to recoup drops in revenue through new tax measures – with seemingly limited success so far.
Under sanctions and desperate for hard currency, the military regime is forcing Myanmar workers abroad to remit earnings through formal channels, with some warning it will only push more migrants to become undocumented.
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Despite threats from the regime and a lack of secure channels, groups in Myanmar and overseas have lent massive support to striking public servants in the Civil Disobedience Movement.
Indian police said nine people, including three police defectors, crossed into Mizoram state on on March 3, the day that saw the highest death toll in Myanmar since police began cracking down on protests. Local media there have reported another 20 have crossed since.
Thousands turned out in Mandalay today for the funeral of 19-year-old Ma Kyal Sin, who was gunned down at a protest on the streets of Myanmar's second largest city yesterday.
Six people were killed in Yangon’s North Okkalapa Township and at least 18 are in a critical condition after security forces opened fire with live rounds, while deaths were also reported in Mandalay, Monywa and Myingyan.
A Frontier journalist explains what it was like to cover the brutal police crackdowns on peaceful protesters over the weekend, which turned the streets of Yangon into a war zone and left at least four dead.
The junta sacked the country's envoy after he spectacularly broke ranks by calling for the regime's downfall on February 26, but on March 1, U Kyaw Moe Tun sent a letter to the president of the UN General Assembly saying he still holds the post.
Security forces have deployed tear gas, rubber bullets and stun grenades to dislodge protesters from their home-made barricades, with only limited success.