Sunday, July 31, 2016
The Myanmar Times

Nation commemorates 69th Martyrs' Day anniversary

On July 19, 1947, nine national heroes – including Bogyoke Aung San, the father of Burmese independence – were assassinated by political rivals in the Secretariat building in Yangon. Yesterday, people across city – and the country – commemorated their loss. A selection of our favourites photos by The Myanmar Times photographers:

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Nationalists rally in Yangon over Rakhine terminology

Marching amid a downpour in Yangon yesterday, nationalist monks and supporters opposed the government's decision to use the terminology “Muslims of Rakhine State” to refer to the Rohingya minority.

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The trashing of Kyaik Htee Yoe Pagoda

Every year, nearly 2 million pilgrims visit Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda in Mon State to pay respects - and take selfies - with a remarkable shrine known colloquially as the "Golden Rock". But with more traffic comes trash, and pagoda authorities are struggling to keep up with the mounting flow of garbage the pagoda's visitors are leaving.

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Drought at Inle Lake

Fears of a major drought are being realized at Myanmar's second largest lake, where rising temperatures of hot season have combined with an unusually strong El Niño weather phenomenon to lower the already-disappearing lake to dangerously low levels. The Myanmar Times' Aung Khant captures the impact on local villagers who rely on the region's waterways not only to make their livings, but to get around.

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Myanmar migrants in Thailand

Over 3 million Myanmar citizens live and work in Thailand. Award-winning Myanmar Times staff photographer Zarni Phyo takes us inside the lives of Myanmar migrant workers in Thailand, with touching photos of work and leisure in a community at constant threat of abuse, exploitation, and arrest.

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