People & Power

Myanmar: An Uneasy Alliance

Can pro-democracy activists and ethnic nationalists join forces to overthrow Myanmar’s brutal military regime?

When Myanmar’s military regime ended its flirtation with the representative government in February 2021, it marked the moment by killing several hundred anti-coup protesters and detaining thousands more – including Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Prize-winning leader of the National League for Democracy.

So now some activists are taking a more aggressive approach to the Tatmadaw, as the country’s armed forces are known. They have been heading to remote jungle regions to seek support from armed ethnic organisations, which have been waging their own on-off war with the Myanmar military leaders for decades.

People & Power visits a secret training camp to find out more.