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Myanmar coup: The young rebels risking their lives for the future

Myanmar has been gripped by mass protests demanding an end to military rule, and at least 55 protesters – many of them young activists – have been killed. BBC Burmese’s Nyein Chan Aye has been reporting from the frontlines in Yangon – and this is what he saw.

It’s been more than a month since the military coup in Myanmar. People have endured internet blackouts, night-time raids, unlawful arrests, being chased down or beaten up in the streets, being shot at point-blank range, or being targeted by head or chest shots from long range.

Several dozen protesters have been killed in less than a week. A teenage girl, wearing a shirt that read “Everything will be OK”, died after being shot in the head.

If you happen to be in a neighbourhood in Yangon in broad daylight these days, the smell of smoke is likely to hit you first more than anything. Small children taste tear gas or smoke bombs in their own homes. And there is not much else mothers can do but curse.

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