Posts Tagged ‘Myanmar protests’

Myanmar steps back into darkness

Thursday, April 22nd, 2021
myanmar step back

Since the February 1 coup, the Tatmadaw – the official name of Myanmar’s armed forces – has escalated its crackdown on citizens protesting against the military takeover that ousted Myanmar’s democratically elected government. Unfortunately, this brutal reaction is only the latest in a series of repressive moves across Southeast Asia in recent years as political groups, backed by powerful Read more

Fears of ‘digital dictatorship’ as Myanmar deploys AI

Thursday, March 25th, 2021

Protesters in Myanmar fear they are being tracked with Chinese facial recognition technology, as spiraling violence and street surveillance spark fears of a “digital dictatorship” to replace ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Human rights groups say the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to check on citizens’ movements poses a “serious threat” to their liberty. Read more

Myanmar nun describes what facing death was like

Thursday, March 11th, 2021
Nun ready to die

A Myanmar nun said she was ready to die as she knelt in front of security personnel, pleading with them not to shoot unarmed civilians. “I thought today is the day I will die. I decided to die,” Sister Nu Tawng told the British newsgroup Sky News. As Myanmar security forces cracked down on street Read more

Catholic nun gives Myanmar a ‘Tiananmen moment’

Thursday, March 4th, 2021
Nun ready to die

A Catholic nun stopped military forces from advancing on protesters by dropping to her knees and pleading with them to refrain from using violence. It has been described as a ‘Tiananmen moment’ in Myanmar. The scene was reminiscent of the 1989 images of a lone man blocking a path of tanks in Beijing. It followed Read more

Myanmar bishop gives anti-coup protesters moral support

Monday, February 22nd, 2021

As thousands of people took to the streets of cities across Myanmar to show their opposition to the military coup, a bishop from the Buddhist-majority country showed his moral support for them. Archbishop Marco Tin Win of Mandalay did not hesitate to set aside his daily duties and stand at a church entrance with some Read more