Round and smiling face, white collar on a sunny day: the portrait of Phyo Zayar Thaw when he was inaugurated in the political party of Aung San Suu Kyi in 2015 is now widely shared on social networks, alongside a another photo, much more recent. That of his swollen face, beard and long hair, handcuffed wrists, kneeling in front of a parterre of weapons and ammunition. The former hip-hop star who became a member of the National League for Democracy in 2012 and then a resistance fighter against the junta, was arrested on November 18, at his home in Yangon.
It is a blow to the organized resistance in the economic capital. The soldiers accuse Phyo Zayar Thaw of being the number 2 of the Rangoon Division Command of the Government of National Unity (NUG), and of recruiting young people to swell the ranks of the revolutionary army. On September 7, the NUG, a parallel government and torch of the resistance, declared the start of a national uprising against the junta. Until now, the most intense conflicts have been the prerogative of the hill regions and jungles.
The declaration set fire to the powder. And if Rangoon was, since the coup of February 1, the scene of bomb attacks, shootings and targeted assassinations carried out by the resistance, these incidents …