The Day of the Coup
NAY PYI DAW – Early in the morning, soldiers from the Tatmadaw – the Burmese army – arrested State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and President U Win Myint in their official residences in the capital.
Other senior members and local politicians associated with the National League for Democracy (NLD) were detained in unknown locations. Myanmar’s new parliament was set to meet for its first session, two months after the ruling party had won the November 2020 elections in a landslide.
February 6, 2021
Millions in the Streets
February 19, 2021
The First One Who Fell
NAY PYI DAW – As the revolutionary crowds became larger, the repression increased mercilessly. In the capital, 20-year-old Mya Thwe Thwe Khine died from a gunshot through her helmet, fired by a senior policeman. She is the first known victim of the anti-coup protest movement. After she was assassinated, policemen and soldiers unleashed…
February 28, 2021
Hunting the Media
PYAY // Located on the east bank of the Irrawaddy River, Pyay is a major economic hub of the Bago region, which is well-connected to Yangon via the first railway built in Burma during the British colonial era. There, the anti-coup protests usually started from the State University. On this morning, soldiers and policemen blocked the entrance to the campus where…
March 3, 2021
The Death of a Poet
MONYWA // Sitting on the banks of the Chindwin River in Upper Burma, the bustling town is the center of the government of Sagaing Region. In front of the statue of General Aung San, the father of ASSK, who is considered as the founder of the Burmese nation, the Monywa Township People’s Strike Steering Committee, formed by a dozen civil society organizations…
March 12, 2021
YANGON // No one will forget the fate of Kyal Sin ‘Angel’, a 19-year-old girl killed by police during a similar protest in Mandalay ten days earlier. Minutes before she fell, a photographer took a picture of her running from the frontline as she was wearing a black T-shirt with the message: ‘Everything will be OK’. Thousands of people came to her funeral…
March 21, 2021
Destroying the Opposition
SHWE TAUNG // A small town on the east bank of the Irrawaddy River near Pyay District, the city is a NLD stronghold and home to a large number of civil servants. The main protest leaders, including Kyaw Zeya, a local politician long engaged against military rule, and Hla Thwin, who served as chairman of the Shwe Taung Township Election Commission…
March 27, 2021
The Day of Shame
LASHIO // To mark the annual Armed Forces Day, the generals paraded in the capital, while their men killed more than 150 people around the country and arrested hundreds of others, on the bloodiest day since the coup.
The capital of Shan State, at the Chinese border, had already been under intense repression…
APRIL 13, 2021
Revolutionary New Year
NGAPALI BEACH // On the edge of Thandwe, an important port and the main agglomeration in South Rakhine State, lies Ngapali Beach. The beautiful spot is one of Myanmar’s most popular tourist destinations and gets particularly crowded during the Thingyan holiday. The five-day festival, which marks the beginning of the year in Theravada Buddhist nations…
MAY 5, 2021
People Defense Forces
UNDERGROUND – As pro-democracy protesters grew increasingly frustrated and desperate with means of peaceful resistance such as CDM and flash protests on motorbikes, the NUG made a clear break with the non-violence advocated by Aung San Suu Kyi’s NLD since its founding.
May 26, 2021
Back to School Bombing
SALIN – All 500 villages around Salin, a township in Magway Region, central Myanmar, elected NLD candidates in the 2020 General Election. The small farmers who lived in the area lost all hope for a better life after the coup. Open protests stopped after a brutal crackdown early March, which left an engineering student dead and ten people…
AUGUST 1, 2021
The Great Fragmentation
December 10, 2021
Silence As the Loudest War Cry
FEBRUARY 1, 2022
The Return of the Darkness
Kyaukpadaung Township, Mandalay // One year after the coup d’Etat, many Burmese people stayed indoors as a form of protest against General Min Aung Hlaing’s seizure of absolute power. During this Silent Strike, Ko Aung Aung, a Mandalay resident, stood on his own in front of the local electricity office and set fire on himself.
From Ukraine to Myanmar : Reflections on crime against humanity
Laung Lone, Dawei // “Slava Ukraini!”, shouted a young Burmese revolutionary in a video clip aimed at the international community. Behind him, a group of like-minded people were holding signs with blue and yellow flags to show solidarity with the Ukrainians “Glory to Ukraine”.
MARCH 29, 2022
Exam Papers Gone in Smoke
HAKHA // In Chin State’s capital Hakha, sacks of paper were scattered on the sun-burned grass of Yonetaung Valley. Just two days ahead of the nationwide university’s entrance exam, the helicopter that was bringing the Grade 10 exam papers crashed down
The Dangers of Thingyan
YANGON // The beginning of the annual New Year festivities has been marred by many protests and warnings this year. Thingyan is the traditional Burmese New Year celebration and a water play festival held in the month of Tagu, which corresponds to April, in most Southeast Asian countries.
The Fuel Crisis
PWIN OO LWIN, MANDALAY REGION // Early morning, the rumor of a vast fuel shortage started spreading across the whole country and crowds of consumers took petrol stations by storm.
A Month of Unity for Burmese and Thai Workers
BANGKOK, THAILAND // As mass pro-democracy demonstrations have become too risky in Myanmar since March 2021, hundreds of Burmese migrant workers used the May Day strike tradition to take to the streets of downtown Bangkok. They protested against the coup d’Etat in their native country and requested dignified working conditions in their host country, where they are subjected to regular abuse and exploitation for decades.
Junta Burning Upper Burma
Bin village, Sagaing REGION //A woman in her sixties, wearing a hat and a worn-out sweater, is weeping heavily as she is leaning against a wall. This picture went viral and attracted empathy from many people.
The Shadow of Death Penalty
INSEIN PRISON, YANGON // At a press conference in Naypyidaw, SAC spokesman General Zaw Min Tun confirmed the death sentences of four men after some so-called journalists demanded the execution of the convicted prisoners: Ko Jimmy, Phyo Zeyar Thaw, Ko Hla Myo Aung and Ko Aung Thura Zaw.
Shan Women Lost Dignity and Safety
Pa-O Autonomous Region, Southern Shan State // After the coup, the question whether the life and dignity of women are less valuable than a bird is over-present. In Southern Shan State, a number of women have since been sexually assaulted, shot and killed and no one took responsibility except by giving some money.
Remember Six Decades of Students Repression
YANGON // On July 7th, many protests happened around Myanmar to mark the 60th anniversary of the 1962 revolutionary student strike. The “Seven July” uprising was one of the first mass movement to oppose the military coup by General Ne Win’s junta.
Junta Gets Full Membership in the Eurasian Autocracies Gang
Pob Pra District, THAILAND // In this remote village at the Thai-Myanmar border, a model-sized blue Mig-29 aircraft led the cortege for Asahna Bucha Buddhist ceremony with little boys as part of a parade around their school.
UNDERGROUND, IN EXILE // After the military coup, journalists were among the first to be hunted down along with opposition politicians, social workers and activists. In 2021, Burma became the country that imprisons the most journalists after China. Dozens of reporters have been arrested and four have been killed by the SAC.
We remember our colleagues who lost their life or their freedom while fulfilling their mission of public information.
COX BAZAR, BANGLADESH // A collective of Rohingya photographers living in the Kuputalong-Balukhali refugee camp, published their first photography magazine. Five years since the start of the genocidal campaign against the formerly Rakhine-based Muslim community, key members of the team speak about their motivations, challenges and ambitions.
YANGON // Before the coup, it was pretty safe to go out in the late evenings in Yangon and even to walk around the night markets. Since the early days of the military takeover, violent crimes of theft and robbery have been happening every day.
The Junta’s war on children
Lat Yet Kone, Sagaing Region – Early afternoon, the Burmese army intentionally attacked a school and a village in Depayin Township using machine guns and launchers, killing two dozen people, half of them children.
Moei River, Border of Burma-Thailand // The endless escape of Myanmar people out of their land is worsening since the military coup of 2021. As realpolitik and national security issues topple humanitarian concerns, tragedies along the river marking the border between Thailand and Myanmar keep unfolding.
To be continued