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The Myanmar Project: Streets of protest (15)

Since the military coup on Feb 1st, hundreds of thousands of people have taken the streets to express their anger at the electoral steal and their wish of a federal democracy governed by civilians. These pictures are the fieldwork of recent graduates in journalism who are now covering the protests from all around the country. In the fifteenth series, Pyay, Mandalay and Yangon.
  1. 24/04 - A memorial in Pyay against victims of sexual assault after two girls were reportedly assaulted, beaten and tortured by soldiers according to the testimony of another victim who has been released from Shwe Pyi Thar interrogation center, Sanchaung Township, Yangon ([TW: sexual violence, torture] Full Interview).

  2. 24/04 - A protester in Pyay holds a message for one of the girl who has been assaulted in an interrogation center by soldiers: "Our city may not be as good as you, but it will be with you".

  3. 24/04 - A protester in Pyay holds a message: "I apologize to the comrades of the revolution that you are not able to get out because this is a neighborhood full of informants" [ndlr: of the SAC junta regime]

  4. 24/04 - A protester in Pyay holds a message during a small gathering in honour of victims of torture in interrogation centers: "We are silenced by guns but our revolutionary spirit cannot be erased"

  5. 24/04 - A small shrine for female protesters victims of sexual assault by junta authorities. 

    Heroic Lilies is a campaign "to raise public awareness about the women who have been tortured and treated unjustly in this Spring Revolution."

  6. 26/04 - Mandalay - The Sangha Union, a group of Buddhist monks from different monasteries of the region came out to show their support for the NUG (National Unity Government - အမျိုးသားညီညွတ်ရေး အစိုးရ), a body claiming to be the legitimate government of Myanmar. The NUG was formed in response to the Coup d'état on February 1st 2021. The structure of the NUG was formally announced by the Committee Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (CRPH) on 16 April 2021. The cabinet includes lawmakers elected in the 2020 election, members of the ethnic groups and key figures in the anti-coup protest, almost all of whom are in hiding or in exile. The military junta has declared the NUG to be illegal. 

  7. 26/04 - Despite one of the most heavy-handed episodes of repression in the city by the army, the people of Mandalay come out every day to protest the coup. They welcome the formation of the NUG (National Unity Government), which they trust to represent them abroad and organise a federal resistance to the Tatmadaw inside the country. 

  8. 26/04 - A monk gives a speech in favor of  the NUG (National Unity Government), which they trust to represent them abroad and organise a federal resistance to the Tatmadaw inside the country. 

  9. 26/04 - A monk gives a speech in favor of  the NUG (National Unity Government), which they trust to represent them abroad and organise a federal resistance to the Tatmadaw inside the country. 

  10. 26/04 - Mandalay - The Sangha Union, a group of Buddhist monks from different monasteries of the region came out to show their support for the NUG 

  11. 26/04 - Mandalay - The Sangha Union, a group of Buddhist monks from different monasteries of the region came out to show their support for the NUG 

  12. 26/04 - Despite one of the most heavy-handed episodes of repression in the city by the army, the people of Mandalay come out every day to protest the coup. They welcome the formation of the NUG (National Unity Government), which they trust to represent them abroad and organise a federal resistance to the Tatmadaw inside the country. 

  13. 26/04 - People run away from the police crackdown in Mandalay. 

  14. 03/05 - Tamwe township, Yangon - For the "Global Myanmar Spring Revolution Day", Burmese citizens organised gatherings in dozens of cities accross the world to raise awareness on the plight and determination of the people in Myanmar since the military coup three months beforehand.  

    The junta’s forces have intensified on the search and arrests targeting on youths who are wearing backpacks, sneakers and black clothes so a group of protesters took the streets in a secretive and guerrilla style to avoid crackdown. The leading protest group shouted 'our cause our cause' across the neighbourhood' asking people to join them for a few minutes of protest at a quick pace.
    Ten people from this group were nonetheless arrested on this day. 

  15. 03/05 - Yangon - A man holds a poster with the message: "You guys use your guns to scare us but we are not afraid"

  16. 03/05 - Yangon  - A group of young demonstrators holds a banner with the message 'Tamwe Protest' from the name of the township they are from and walk in. 

  17. 03/05 - Yangon  - A group of young demonstrators holds a banner with the message :

    'We are not afraid of bullets
    We just walked a hundred miles
    We are the Yangon protesters"

  18. 03/05 - Guerilla style protest in Tamwe, Yangon. 

  19. 03/05 - Guerilla style protest in Tamwe, Yangon. 

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