Lines of Defense

As Myanmar security forces have ramped up their violent attacks, protestors have adapted by building increasingly sturdy defenses.
2021-03-26
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A protest supporter offers flowers and kneels on a road before a police officer in Mandalay in early February. (Associated Press)
A protest supporter offers flowers and kneels on a road before a police officer in Mandalay in early February. (Associated Press)

By March, confrontations with security forces had become much more dangerous. Here, a protester adds barbed wire to a barricade in Sanchang, Yangon. (AFP)
By March, confrontations with security forces had become much more dangerous. Here, a protester adds barbed wire to a barricade in Sanchang, Yangon. (AFP)

Women in Tamwe, Yangon, prepare to raise a line of sarongs to frustrate security forces. Myanmar superstition holds that walking beneath women’s sarongs is bad luck or shameful for men. (RFA)
Women in Tamwe, Yangon, prepare to raise a line of sarongs to frustrate security forces. Myanmar superstition holds that walking beneath women’s sarongs is bad luck or shameful for men. (RFA)

Protestors stand on a makeshift barricade as they prepare to face off against security forces during a demonstration in Yangon. (AFP)
Protestors stand on a makeshift barricade as they prepare to face off against security forces during a demonstration in Yangon. (AFP)

Homemade shields begin to appear on the streets of Myanmar as protesters seek to fend off rubber bullets, flashbang grenades and more. (Associated Press)
Homemade shields begin to appear on the streets of Myanmar as protesters seek to fend off rubber bullets, flashbang grenades and more. (Associated Press)

Seeking to create shelter from live rounds fired by police and the military, protesters in Yangon built a barricade from bricks. (AFP)
Seeking to create shelter from live rounds fired by police and the military, protesters in Yangon built a barricade from bricks. (AFP)

Protesters used anything they could get their hands on - such as this length of pipe - to protect themselves. (AFP)
Protesters used anything they could get their hands on - such as this length of pipe - to protect themselves. (AFP)

As the number of dead and wounded climbs, protesters build larger and thicker barricades, such as this one in Yangon's Hlaing Tharyar township. (AFP)
As the number of dead and wounded climbs, protesters build larger and thicker barricades, such as this one in Yangon's Hlaing Tharyar township. (AFP)

Sometimes the line of defense is augmented by thick, black smoke from burning tires as shown here in Yangon. (AFP)
Sometimes the line of defense is augmented by thick, black smoke from burning tires as shown here in Yangon. (AFP)

Protesters reinforce their barricade with wooden stakes to fend off security forces during a crackdown in Yangon this week. (AFP)
Protesters reinforce their barricade with wooden stakes to fend off security forces during a crackdown in Yangon this week. (AFP)

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