Myanmar dispatches: updates and analysis from our law student correspondents in Myanmar
Myanmar dispatches: updates and analysis from our law student correspondents in Myanmar

JURIST EXCLUSIVE – JURIST’s law student correspondents in Myanmar informed us early Sunday that Myanmar’s internet services are being cut off again as of 1:30 PM EST  and will remain off until approximately 9:30 PM EST (9 AM Monday in Myanmar). Late Sunday in Myanmar, tanks and other military vehicles were seen in the streets of the capital, Yangon, and other localities, while the local US Embassy instructed American citizens in the country to shelter in place.

One of our correspondents said:

Their [the military’s] purpose is to abduct the people who do the CDM movement [Civil Disobedience Movemnent] and they will force people to go back to work [ending a general strike which has gone on for days]… We are still not sure what will happen within few hours. People are reminding each other not to do violence, to watch out and to protect the civil servants who do CDM. … Thanks, definitely see you again soon.

With Myanmar now in darkness and isolation, JURIST is posting an English-language video that our law student correspondents made a week ago based on interviews they conducted on February 4 at Mandalay University, three days after the February 1 military coup that deposed civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi. We hope it speaks fervently and optimistically for our young law students in Myanmar while they are silenced by armed force.