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    The UN special envoy on Myanmar is demanding an end to what she calls the military’s repression of protesters. She reported that she is receiving around two thousand messages a day from Myanmar calling for international action. The UN has so far been unable to intervene in the violence in Myanmar, because of China’s veto-wielding seat in the Security Council. China has voiced misgivings about the coup but not joined Western nations in sanctions. Protestors continue to march in the streets despite ongoing police brutality.

    But the march for democracy perseveres in Myanmar, despite brutal crackdowns by the military authorities. Demonstrations are regularly dispersed by tear gas. The violence has escalated in the last week, with police making mass arrests and adopting more lethal force.

    Radio Free Asia published CCTV footage that allegedly shows authorities beating up medical volunteers in Yangon on Wednesday. The broadcaster says they were then taken to prison. The video follows reports that police opened fire on medical workers in the city, where several protesters died.

    Self-styled ‘frontline protesters’ keep the demonstrations going. They equip themselves with shields, helmets and gas masks, and it’s their job to assist anyone injured.

    Hundreds of mourners attended the funeral of 25-year old Arkar Moe. He was one of many who died on Wednesday. The revolution must prevail, the mourners chanted together.

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    In This Story: Myanmar

    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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