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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The State Administration Council says it has remitted the sentences of more than 23,000 people to "please the public" but is continuing to arrest activists and dissenting civil servants.
Draft law would require ICT companies to keep data onshore and provide it to the government on request, while users deemed to have spread “misinformation” or “disinformation” would face a potential three-year prison term.
Across Myanmar, staff are walking out of government offices to oppose military rule, despite pressure from their superiors and threats of punishment from the junta.
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.
The world can help Myanmar by offering long-term support to civilian efforts to build peace and democracy, not by cutting all ties with the country.
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.