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1/3: The situation at the Thai-Myanmar border is a humanitarian nightmare. Refugees urgently need more clean water, more food, tarps, and medicine. But the Thai state is blocking aid groups from the camps, making it difficult to respond refugee's needs. #WhatsHappeninglnMyanmar
2/3: Many children inside the shelters are sick with diarrhea. They need more drinking water, better medication, and electrolytes. One of the settlements is home to at least 1,000 displaced people. Image
3/3: Rain is now complicating things due to a lack of shelter. One elderly man reportedly just died due to the harsh conditions.

Local Myanmar communities on the Thai side are working day and night to get food into the camps. But they say they need more donations. Image
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As #Myanmar 🇲🇲 enters 2022 the #PDF and allied resistance groups are taking the initiative across the country, launching multiple hit-and-run attacks on the military.

Fighting is especially heavy in the #Demoso Township in #Kayah state…
#Myanmar 🇲🇲: one example was an attack by the Eagles Army (#PDF group in Tigayaing Township) on two military patrol boats going down the Ayeryawady river.

Around 20 soldiers were reportedly killed by mine attacks on the boats. #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar
#Myanmar 🇲🇲: another attack was launched by the Aung San Force (#PDF group in #Magway) who dropped explosives from a drone down on a military convoy of 150 soldiers below. #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar
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THREAD: A year ago today Nov 8, #Myanmar held its elections where #AungSanSuuKyi #NLD won in an even bigger landslide than 2015 with over 80% of total contested seats. But this win has led to a #militarycoup takeover on Feb 1 (1/5)
#Myanmar citizens' resounding support for #AungSanSuuKyi #NLD caught all especially military by surprise. The results caused greater discomfort for #military who used that as a key basis to stage a #coup alleging electoral fraud which independent election observers refute (2/5)
9 months into #Myanmar #militarycoup, World Bank estimates an almost 20% #economic contraction this year, drive-by shootings becoming common, collapsed education & healthcare sectors. Over 220,000 displaced. @aapp records over 1,200 people have died (3/5) #WhatsHappeninglnMyanmar
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Critical story on a US gun enthusiast using faux CIA credentials to train #Myanmar activists in highly problematic methods, including home-made indiscriminate weapons.

Some of my thoughts below 👇

#WhatsHappeninglnMyanmar #Sep9Coup…
Activists and political leaders underwent an extremely difficult decision-making process in March and April, deciding whether to take up arms.

They received no protection from anyone, and the zero sum nature of the SAC's agenda meant it was 'fight, be arrested/killed, or flee'
Myanmar has suffered unimaginable violence for decades, not because of parochial conflicts, competing economic agendas or sectrarian divides.

But because of a particularly peverse and violent institution that controls nearly everything and never compromises with anyone.
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1. This History Thread is about the music of resistance in Myanmar (Burma.) This is a brief overview, not including all important bands or songs. It is a multi-ethnic array of many musical styles — put your headphones on & pump up the volume. 🎧 #WhatsHappeninglnMyanmar 🌿
2. In the independent (often warring) lands that would become Burma, music was created by different cultures, absorbed, captured, traveling. Royal courts sponsored musicians. Resistance to tyrannical rulers was sometimes expressed in subversive, satirical folksongs & chants.
3. Early 20th C. defiance of British colonial rule of Burma was expressed in songs extolling glorious past of Burman (Bamar) ethnic group. “Dobama” by YMB Saya Khin, imprisoned for incitement. Unfortunately some nationalist songs attacked Muslims, Indians.…
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So has anyone noticed an uptick in SAC mouthpiece accounts on social media labelling the resistance attacks as "Terrorism" ever since Ye Htut came up with it last week? It's a coordinated narrative push. #WhatsHappeninglnMyanmar
While it is ridiculous to all of us who know better, this is one of those cases where they will repeat the lie as often as possible until it takes root somewhere, especially among some outside observers who don't know any better.
As well all know, (some, from experience) that the military is not above staging bloody false flag attacks (and then pinning it on KNU or some other opponent), this is actually a mildly concerning development. #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar
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"#Myanmar faces economic collapse due to the combined effect of the new coronavirus and the coup, which in its [@UNDP] worst-case analysis could put nearly half the country’s 54 million people into poverty." - @Reuters

Poverty and food security have long been concerns for families in #Myanmar's ethnic states after decades of conflict and neglect. Kind, tenacious people, they want peace and self-sufficient tools to keep their children safe, healthy, and in school.
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We’ve been working alongside our friends in #Myanmar for 27 years. Over this time we have formed deep relationships with #Kachin, #Karen, #Shan and #Rohingya communities, always consulting with them to find out exactly what their needs are responding as rapidly as possible. Image
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Myanmar diaspora politics are still steeped in saviour-worship, conspiracy theories about Rohingya, paternalism and overreliance on NUG/CRPH to lead the way.
What they have to realise is the Myanmar people are already paving the way. Local defense organisations and general strike committees are clear examples of bottom-up organising that sustains a democracy movement.
If you're not looking, you are missing the fact that we are still in this fight BECAUSE we have a vibrant democracy. The Myanmar people have rejected, through a popular movement, a murderous regime with guns with our voices and actions. #WhatsHappeninglnMyanmar
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I saw this great piece, and I wanted to add some context about just how much the cause of Myanmar women has been set back after 60 years of brutal and misogynistic oppression by the Burmese military.…

Before military dictatorship in 1962, women had much more power, especially in commerce.

This extract from “Debating Democratization in Myanmar” (ed. Nick Cheesman) talks of businesses that were owned by Myanmar women.

Naga Daw Oo was my great-aunt.

This extract is from my book Mandalay.

My grandmother’s first business The Burmese Paper Mart was requisitioned by the Myanmar military.

My grandmother never forgave them.

And she was just one of many women who they did this to.

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#Thread about #Opposition in #Burma #Government:

Burma's opposition forms an interim government against the generals
The opposing government that is forming wants to abolish the constitution that gave the military a veto right in the democratization process.
It tries to include the ethnic minorities as well. The army is fighting on several fronts.

Parallel government with great ambitions
The project operates under the name CRPH.

by @NZZ…
At the moment it is only a matter of a committee consisting of elected parliamentarians; They were never able to take up their function as representatives of the people and legislature because of the coup on February 1st. A government in exile is now to emerge from this dozen.
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#Thread about #China and his #relationship with #Burma ! #WhatsHappeninglnMyanmar
#protest #HumanRightsViolations #geopolitics :

Beijing favors the democratically elected government in Burma.

by @NZZAusland…
In contrast to the military junta, it is considered predictable and reliable
After the military coup in Burma, there were rumors that Beijing was behind the coup and would benefit from it. However, the reality is different. Xi Jinping would probably choose Aung San Suu Kyi.
Beijing has so far not made up its mind to show empathy for the protesters who have been killed.
To make matters worse, the Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi was in Burma in mid-January, which is why rumors arose that the Chinese rulers had prepared the coup with this visit.
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🧵Against my better judgment & the advice of mental health professionals, I am going to try to live-tweet this UNSC Arria on #WhatsHappeninglnMyanmar.
First, tho, some throat-clearing. I find this whole thing infuriating because @UKUN_NewYork could have organized an Arria on 2/2.
Arria meetings are the lowest common denominator & least formal options available to the Security Council & pretty much anyone can convene one any time. It is a travesty that it has taken 65 days to hold one & that there has still been no formal agenda item added to the Council.
As the 'penholder' on Burma, and the rotating president of the Council in February, @UKUN_NewYork bears much responsibility for this failure of diplomacy & failure of leadership. Two months, and 600 lives lost, because of weak leadership on the part of the so-called like-minded
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#WhatsHappeninglnMyanmar: Protests sweep Myanmar after the military overthrew elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Feb. 1. To suppress protests, the junta cut off nearly all internet access.

Here’s how online suppression escalated: @ReutersGraphics 1/4
At around midnight on Feb. 1, hours before the coup, armed military officers raided the data centers of internet providers, sources with knowledge of the matter told @Reuters. With their guns pointed at the workers, the officers hacked apart the wires that provide internet 2/4
Internet restrictions, slow connections, and bans on social media like Facebook and Twitter are the new reality in Myanmar.

As of April 2, the internet stays almost entirely shut off throughout the day 3/4
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Here's a (hot) take (probably) from the feelings people have towards news coverage in general and the CNN special. No one & I mean no one, will have your best interests at heart especially when it comes to a giant media corporation. Your issue isn't a life & death issue for them.
I took sociology of mass media last semester & let me tell you there's a lot of issues around beliefs that "objectivity" truly exist. We all are socialized to have certain set of values/believe in certain ideologies. Until we are critical of ourselves, we can't see the problem.
Media companies like CNN operates under Warner Media which owned by a giant conglomerate like AT&T isn't a good sign for objectivity or for freedom of the press/speech to flourish. At best, it is superficial b/c the people who work on the news maybe diverse though it's really not
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A rare and devastating look at the risks, violence and danger facing civilians in #Myanmar's second-largest city through the lens of a journalist from @FrontierMM. #WhatsHappeninglnMyanmar…
"The protests in these wards escalated from March 20, when demonstrators set up a series of large barricades of sandbags and bamboo poles and sheets to block the residential streets running north-south between Manaw Hari and Theik Pan roads. Also known as 110th Street, ...
... Manaw Hari is usually one of the city’s busiest thoroughfares but when I visited it was deserted, and the barriers gave it the appearance of a city under siege."
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Myanmar Twitter is fighting over CNN reporter on a military guided tour. Legit Qs & concerns ard her added value, self importance & reductive reporting while putting ppl at risk but let’s not patronize many who seem to appreciate & support her coverage of #WhatsHappeninglnMyanmar
And let’s focus on the military that arrested ppl simply for speaking to CNN’s @clarissaward. Condescending to see those arrested merely as victims of her poor judgement? Think ppl don’t have agency and know the risks of speaking to her at this point, solicited or not ? #Myanmar
Sad people feel it’s only way to get info out. It’s not. Perhaps they want saviors. Can’t fault them when international system specifically designed to protect them in times like this is failing them miserably while govts continue w/ their empty rhetorics #WhatsHappeninglnMyanmar
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Thousands of #Myanmar protesters took to the street again on Monday, as the military killed 14 civilians following a new round of sanctions being announced. #WhatsHappeninglnMyanmar…
Monday’s dead included at least eight in the South Dagon suburb of Myanmar’s main city, Yangon. Security forces there fired a much heavier-calibre weapon than usual to clear a barricade of sand bags, witnesses said and a video clip showed.
State television said security forces used “riot weapons” to disperse a crowd of “violent terrorist people” who were destroying a pavement and one man was wounded.
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#THREAD MEDIA RELEASE: New report by @theACIJ @JusticeMyanmar exposes Adani Ports' commercial ties to #Myanmar military company #MEC, led by Senior General Min Aung Hlaing- accused war criminal & coup leader. We call on investors to #divest #StopAdani…
Yadanar Maung, @JusticeMyanmar:"We therefore call on Adani Ports' #shareholders and #creditors to uphold their human rights responsibilities by cutting ties with #AdaniPorts for its continued business with the criminal junta. Stand with the people of #Myanmar." #StopAdani #Divest
Ahsan Haque from @BRCA_Australia: "It's time to hold such businesses accountable in the same light. We call on investors to immediately divest from #AdaniPorts."
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"Welcome Andrews Bates, our new deputy press secretary," begins @PressSec at daily briefing.
Offshore wind plan announced today will "create tens of thousands of good-paying union jobs," says @PressSec, adding it'll power millions of US homes and "avoid 78 million metric tons of carbon emissions."
"We are in very close touch" with governors and other leaders across the country amid a rise in #COVID19 cases in some states, says @PressSec.
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The nauseating spectacle of Myanmar's fascist military using a holiday commemorating the country's wartime antifascist resistance to murder citizens and bomb Kawthoolei underscores the global importance of the #CivilDisobedienceMovement. THREAD on authoritarian impunity 1/21
First a caveat. This is not to explain the #SpringRevolutionMyanmar, and certainly not to play the expert with solutions. It is instead to draw the attention of progressive activists to #WhatsHappeninglnMyanmar because the connections to causes across the world are clear. 2/21
Some progressive voices in the UK are making these links, such as @labourlewis, but more solidarity from the left is needed. 3/21
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Children among the 115+ people killed in #Myanmar this weekend.… #BurmaCoup #WhatsHappeninglnMyanmar
Witnesses say troops fired on mourners on Sunday at a funeral in Bago for a 20-year-old student who had been shot dead by armed forces the previous day. #BurmaCoup #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar
Update: At least 10 protesters killed on Sunday by junta forces.… #BurmaCoup #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar
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Reuters has learned that in a rare move, top military officers from the United States and eleven other countries are set to put out a message to condemn the deadly use of force by Myanmar's security forces and say the country's military has lost credibility. w/@phildstewart
The joint message has been signed by 12 chiefs of defense from Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, South Korea, United Kingdom and the United States.
The message is set to came after news reports and witnesses said Myanmar security forces killed 114 people on Saturday, including some children, on Armed Forces Day - the bloodiest day of its crackdown on pro-democracy protesters since last month's military coup.
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#Mar26Coup #CrimesAgainstHumanity

News of #Myanmar Junta’s violence and crimes on March 26, 2021


⚠️May contain graphic contents⚠️

Note : #internetshutdown in Myanmar. The atrocities may be more than what’s recorded here. Image
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In Tamu, When terrorist regime did not succeed the robbing to a gold shop, they violently opened gunfire to the housing estates; two people died and 7 others were injured at midnight.

#WhatsHappeningInMyanmar #Mar26Coup ImageImage
📍SouthDagon, Yangon
terrorists raided and opened gunfires continually into wards for no apparent reason last night. At least 10 ppl were severly injured & over 15 ppl were being abducted. A civil died on spot due to headshot by Junta.
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#Mar25Coup #Internetshutdown

News of #Myanmar Junta’s violence and crimes on March 25, 2021


⚠️May contain graphic contents ⚠️

Note : ongoing internet blackouts in Myanmar. The atrocities may be more than what’s recorded here.
📍Taunggyi , Shan State 🆘
#myanmar military SAC group are treating the city like a battlefield
- shooting recklessly
- breaking into houses
- beating up and abducting civilians and students
- destroying private properties
#Mar25Coup #internetshutdown
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📍Mawlamyaing, Mon State
#Myanmar military SACs used lethal forces to disperse the protesters in Mawlamyaing today. One man and one woman are injured. About 20 civilians (mostly females) were abducted.
#Mar25Coup #internetshutdown
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