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    The brutal military crackdown on Myanmar’s pro-democracy protesters continues, with more than 80 killed on Saturday according to local media. Authorities regularly shut down internet access. That’s forced activists to return to old fashioned methods of spreading their revolutionary message.

    An anti-junta underground newsletter called Molotov is secretly distributed and has thousands of readers across Myanmar.

    It’s a huge risk, but one that many like Molotov founder and editor Lynn Thant are prepared to take.

    Some readers across the country download a PDF version of the publication, print them out and distribute the physical copies in their local area.

    Myanmar has a long history of underground publications. Independent media is under severe threat. According to groups monitoring the crackdown in Myanmar, around 3,000 people have been arrested since the military seized power in February and at least 700 people have been killed.

    Reasons that keep Lynn Thant and his fellow activists determined to fight for their freedom.

    For now, the revolution appears to have no end date in sight.

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    Myanmar (formerly Burma) is a Southeast Asian nation of more than 100 ethnic groups, bordering India, Bangladesh, China, Laos and Thailand. Yangon (formerly Rangoon), the country’s largest city, is home to bustling markets, numerous parks and lakes, and the towering, gilded Shwedagon Pagoda, which contains Buddhist relics and dates to the 6th century.

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