Photographer: Htoo Tay Zar
Title: Myanmar’s Uprising
Location: Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
Period: 02/2021 - 06/2021
Category: Spot News

On 1st February 2021 Myanmar’s military carried out a coup which deposed the democratically elected government and shattered a decade of political and social development overnight. Over the course of the first week of the new dictatorship protests began to grow, from small acts of defiance to a nationwide uprising which protestors began referring to as the ‘Spring Revolution’.

In order to suppress the growing protest movement the military soon turned to the use of deadly force and mass detention. In the first two months hundreds of peaceful protestors were murdered, thousands were imprisoned and virtually every town and city in the country was subjected to a brutal campaign of terror by state security forces. Ta Mwe’s images chart the first month of protests in Yangon, as small signs of resistance grew to become mass demonstrations of public opposition to military rule, before deteriorating into pitched battles and siege-like conditions on the streets of Myanmar’s largest city.



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Ei Thinzar Maung political activist is seen protesting along with labour union in Yangon Myanmar on 6 february 2021

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Thousands people gather to protest military coup in downtown Yangon Myanmar on 7 February 2021 Nation-wide anti-coup rally has become biggest rally since 1988 anti-coup uprising in Myanmar

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Protesters cover themself with tarpaulin sheets as police prepares anti-riot water cannon trucks during the anti-coup protest at Hledan juction in Yangon Myanmar on 9 February 2021

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Young protestor girl urges miltary to stop killing pro-democracy protestors during the anti-coup protest in Yangon Myanmar on 15 February 2021

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Police searching residential building to arrest protestors and journalists during the crackdown on anti-coup rally in Yangon Myanmar on 27 February 2021 Many protestors and 2 journalists were detained during their raid in San Chaung township on 27 February 2021

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A sale staff of a small convenient store hides behind a shelf as military brutally crackdown on anti-coup rally in Yangon Myanmar on 28 February 2021

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Protestors running away from tear gas launched by police during the crackdown on the anti-coup rally in Yangon Myanmar on 28 February 2021 Two journalists were arrested by police on that day and charged with 505 a article law which is defaming military

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Pro-democracy protestor Thet Paing Soe 28 years old was shot dead in the head by the military during the anti-coup rally in Yangon Myanmar on 20 March 2021

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A memorial where protester Chit Min Thu 24 was shot dead with live ammunition by military is seen in Yangon Myanmar on 11 March 2021

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The mother of Chit Min Thu 24 mourns during the funeral service in Yangon Myanmar on 13 March 2021 Chit Min Thu was shot dead with live ammunition by 77 light infentary division in Yangon Myanmar on 11 March 2021

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Mother of Su Su Kyi 33 mourns during the funeral service in Yangon Myanmar on 2 April 2021 Su Su Kyi was shot in the head by the military while she was travelling on company vehicle on 30 March 2021

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Pro-democracy protesters chanting and posing three-finger salute during an anti-coup protest in Yangon Myanmar on 31 March 2021