Banner exhorting the populace to obey the tatmadaw (The Myanmar Armed Forces) on the outer wall of the Mandalay Palace (which also houses a large military barracks) in Mandalay, Myanmar. While Myanmar has come quite a ways in terms of reform since the military junta started loosening its grip on government a few years ago, make no mistake--it's still a very tightly controlled and authoritarian country.
By Jon Sheer, AFAR Local Expert
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