'Risking Everything.' Myanmar Activist Talks About Her Fight

'Risking Everything.' Myanmar Activist Talks About Her Fight

After the Myanmar military detained civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and ousted her elected government in the Feb. 1 coup, democracy activist Thinzar Shunlei Yi threw herself into the protest movement that took root across the country. Changing locations is something she and her fellow activists do every two to three weeks, Thinzar Shunlei Yi says, sitting against a white wall with curtains drawn. I don’t feel safe at all.”Security forces have intensified their violent crackdown on anti-coup protesters. The death toll continues to rise daily and police and soldiers have taken to targeting protesters in night-time raids. Since the coup, Thinzar Shunlei Yi has been coordinating with other young activists, bridging different groups, as well as taking to the streets to lead protests despite the military’s heavy use of force.

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