Myanmar activists daubed roadways with red paint Tuesday to protest against the junta's bloody crackdown on protests, as an online fundraising drive to support the movement neared the US$10 million mark.The country has been in turmoil since the military ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi on 1 February, rocked by daily clashes between protestors and authorities that have left at least 570 people dead.10 of Myanmar's ethnic rebel armies voiced support for the protest movement at
An Australian couple was released from house arrest in Myanmar and allowed to leave the country, as protests against the military junta continued Monday.Myanmar has been in turmoil since a 1 February coup ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and derailed the country's experiment with democracy.Business consultants Matthew O'Kane and Christa Avery, a dual Canadian-Australian citizen, tried to leave the country on a relief flight in late March but were barred from departing and pla
Speeches by beauty pageant contestants rarely make headlines.But when Han Lay, Miss Grand Myanmar, spoke out last week against alleged atrocities committed by her country's military, her speech turned heads."Today in my country Myanmar ... there are so many people dying," she said at the Miss Grand International 2020 event in Thailand. "Please help Myanmar.
Anti-coup demonstrators in Myanmar decorated boiled eggs on Sunday, as Pope Francis in his Easter message expressed solidarity with the country's youth.Myanmar has been gripped by turmoil since a 1 February coup ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and derailed the country's tentative transition to democracy. Security forces have sought to quell a mass uprising with lethal force and the death toll reached 564 as of late Sunday, according to local monitoring group Assista
ASEAN, and Thailand in particular, have a responsibility to convince Myanmar's generals to change course, or risk the grouping losing all credibility, says former Thai foreign minister Kasit Piromya.Kasit, who was foreign minister between 2008 and 2011 – during Myanmar's transition to a hybrid form of democracy – told an Asian media. "10 years ago, we were midwives to democracy (in Myanmar) and now it has been snatched away so we all have the obligation, Thailand in pa
Myanmar's ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been accused of breaking a colonial-era official secrets law, her lawyer said, as Britain ramped up sanctions against the junta and the United Nations (UN) Security Council condemned the deaths of hundreds of civilians.The newly unveiled charge came amid growing international outrage over the 1 February coup and the military's subsequent clampdown on protesters that has left at least 535 people dead.After two days of back-and-for
China on Wednesday (31 March) said it wanted a "democratic transition" in military-ruled Myanmar, but ruled out sanctions at a United Nations (UN) Security Council meeting."China hopes that Myanmar will restore peace, stability and constitutional order as early as possible and continue to steadily advance democratic transition," Ambassador Zhang Jun told the closed-door meeting, according to a statement."Maintaining peace and stability in Myanmar is in the co
Civilians wounded in Myanmar air strikes on rebel positions spoke of their terrifying ordeal Tuesday after trekking through jungle to seek medical treatment across the border in Thailand.Military jets hit targets in eastern Karen state on Saturday and Sunday, as Myanmar reeled from the deadliest day so far in the junta's crackdown on anti-coup protests.The strikes targeted territory held by the Karen National Union (KNU), one of the nation's largest ethnic armed groups, which had ea
Myanmar protesters held overnight candle-lit vigils after an advocacy group said security forced had now killed over 500 people since the 1 February coup.
After weeks of silence as Myanmar ’s military cracked down on civilians protesting against the 1 February coup, the Arakan Army (AA), a major player among the country’s more than two dozen ethnic armed groups, this week announced it was on the side of the people.“The current actions by the Burmese army and police are very cruel and unacceptable,” AA spokesman Khine Thu Khahe said on Tuesday (23 March), adding that “the oppressed ethnic people as a whole will continue to fight for their freedo
United States (US) President Joe Biden on Sunday decried the bloodshed unleashed against anti-coup protesters in Myanmar as "absolutely outrageous," after security forces killed more than 100 people including at least seven children.Myanmar has been in turmoil since the military ousted and detained civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi on 1 February, triggering mass protests demanding a return to democracy.On Saturday, at least 107 people were killed across Myanmar as security forces ope
Strung across remote mountain settlements, a secret network of activists and volunteers is helping spirit hundreds of defecting Myanmar policemen away from the military’s brutal crackdown on dissent and into relative safety in a small north-eastern Indian state.Their escape – by car, motorcycle and on foot through densely forested terrain – is often guided by volunteer-led groups on both sides of the border, according to accounts from at least 10 people who are involved in the loose-knit netw