Photographs from: fighting in Myawaddy between Burmese government forces and Karen rebels; a Mandalay village is buried in silt following flooding; Mickey and Minnie come to town; and a light-hearted moment during ceasefire talks in Rangoon.
Around 200 workers amassed in front of Rangoon’s City Hall on Thursday to mark International Workers’ Day, also known as May Day. Demonstrators demanded greater rights and protection for Burma’s labourers.
The Water Festival is in many ways a rain-dance, a way of making sacred the last drops of water for the year in the robust faith that the heavens will bestow rainwater in return. And in fact, it does seem to work.
Land grab victims from Rangoon’s Mayangon Township rally in front of the University Avenue home of Aung San Suu Kyi, where they chanted and held banners requesting the assistance of the Burmese opposition leader.
Sympathisers from across Burma have been flocking to the Aung Theikdi Buddhist monastery in Pegu Division since news spread that 144 families were sheltering there after their homes were bulldozed and demolished.
Associated Press photographer Gemunu Amarsinghe recently submitted a photo essay from Chin state where ancient traditions and a rich culture struggle to prevail against a history of religious conversion, Burmese chauvinism, military rule and economic misery.