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Sun May 30, 2021, 08:23 AM

Myanmar pro-democracy artists vow: 'We will win'. Artists under attack


May 30,2021
By Jackie Fox

On 1 June, it will be four months since a military coup overthrew Myanmar's elected government.
Tens years of democratic reforms have been upended and bloody attempts to silence opposition have shocked the world.

Those on the front line attempting to stand up to the regime are trying to delicately navigate through a new life of protest and safety. While pro-democracy demonstrations have mostly left the streets, the movement against the junta exists through other means of expression in other realms.

In particular, it has made being an artist in Myanmar a dangerous business… According to artists in Myanmar, art studios have been burnt down and state-sponsored news channels broadcast arrest warrant lists regularly that include influencers, actors, film makers, artists and graphic designers.

The New York Times has reported that four poets have been killed and dozens imprisoned in the …Poet Khet Thi, whose work declared resistance to the military, died in detention recently. His family said that his body was returned with the organs removed.

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